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Vice President Joe Biden tries food samples during a visit to a Costco store on a shopping trip in Washington, D.C., on November 29, 2012.
Joe Biden: Delawarean. Vice president. Vocabulary muse.
In new data announced Wednesday by Merriam-Webster, a much-quoted Bidenism from the 2012 campaign set a record for the year in online lookups during a single 24-hour period.
In the 24 hours after the Danville, Ky., vice presidential debate, after Biden famously labeled a claim by Paul Ryan "a bunch of malarkey," look-ups of the noun's definitions on the dictionary's website spiked by 3,000 percent.
According to the Associated Press, Merriam-Webster does not release data for individual words, but the site gets about 1.2 billion hits annually.
"Malarkey," a pseudo-expletive of Irish origin frequently used by the Scranton native, is defined by the dictionary company as "insincere or foolish talk : bunkum."
Merriam-Webster also announced Wednesday, per AP, that "socialism" and "capitalism" were their most looked-up words of the year, after a hard-fought election that largely centered around the role of government in the economy and Americans' lives.
For the record, both are defined thusly:
Capitalism: (noun) an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
1. any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2. a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done