And what else could it be, given that online searches for its definition peaked the day following the U.S. presidential election.
From BBC News:
Dictionary Merriam-Webster has named “surreal” as its word of the year. The lexicographer selected surreal – which means “unbelievable, fantastic” — after spikes in searches following terrorist attacks and the US election.
The attacks in Brussels, the Bastille Day massacre in Nice and the attempted coup in Turkey all saw an increase in how often people searched for the word.
But the single biggest spike in look-ups came the day after Donald Trump’s election, said Merriam-Webster.
“It just seems like one of those years,” said Peter Sokolowski, the dictionary’s editor at large.
“Surreal” is also defined as meaning “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream”, according to Merriam Webster.