This one isn’t really obvious. What do the words in our headline have in common?
They are the ten most looked-up words on the website of the Merriam-Webster dictionary (Merriam-Webster.com) this year, reports the New York Post. The headline lists them in reverse order, with "furtive" being No. 10 and "austerity" being No. 1.
According to the Merriam-Webster site, here are the top words of the year since 2003, which was the first year the site started tracking what words users were searching:
2007: w00t [No, this isn't a typo. Click here to see Merriam-Webster's explanation of this word]