Merriam-Webster's Dictionary does not want "Fascism" to become their Word of the Year, but the amount of people searching for it on their site may have forced their hand.
I think we all know why this is happening. Trump isn't a fascist per se, but to be sure he's definitely the reason people have been looking up the definition.
This kind of politically fueled definition search has become a trend for Merriam-Webster in recent election years, though perhaps not as severe. In 2012, the WOTY was "Socialism." For 2008, is was "bailout."
While getting a WOTY that is synonymous with Hitler definitely says something about America's future, word fans out there have started doing their best to end 2016 on a more positive note.
It's still too early to call if "puppies" will become our Word of the Year, but until the results are in, here's Merriam-Webster's definition of Fascism, in case this has made you desperate to look it up:
Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.