The Year in Privacy: 2013

Word of the Year 2013, privacy, infographic

Why did we select privacy as the Word of the Year in 2013? Here’s our analysis.

(Download the infographic here.)


  1. sabreena -  February 18, 2014 - 11:32 pm

    I do want to be famous!

  2. [...] According to Dictionary.com, “Privacy” was the word for 2013. The push for online and mobile privacy started early in January, when the KlassKid’s Foundation pushed with the “Do Not Track” tool for children. The Foundation apparently saw the change in COPPA coming as January 2014 ushered in new regulations on Do Not Track for everyone else’s online experience. By the end of January, Vine was hampered by privacy disclosure problems – again foreshadowing Snapchat’s January 2014 privacy breach problems. By March, even the giant that is Google, was touched by the sting of privacy claims, having to pay $7 million to settle a Wi-Fi privacy suit. Even with the sting of the settlement fresh on its books, Google launched “Google Glass” in April and…has never “looked” back yet. By June the many shades of privacy concerns came to light when NSA’s Prism program was reported by Snowden. The new year came zooming to a close in December when Amazon announced it would use drones to deliver packages. Finally, the FTC sheds light on the privacy practices of the most used flashlight app and settles with the developer. As 2014 begins, we look to the “Internet of Things” as the next source of privacy concerns. Read about Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year Here [...]

  3. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 25, 2013 - 11:53 pm

    @Hot Word team:
    Please make an article about the origin of New Year’s resolutions.

  4. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 25, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    Merry Christmas to everybody!

  5. John Wright -  December 19, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Shame that the word of the year is also probably the most mispronounced. The long ‘i’ in private is commonly used in privacy which should have a short vowel.

  6. Rufus -  December 18, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    somebody need to fix apps where they will fit on any phone

  7. LostMemories -  December 18, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Yes baby…. I am kinda paranoid too. I am usually a low profile person for the same reason. I hate to be on the spot. So, I dont want to be famous either. I love my P R I V A C Y……. and I love the word too. Happy Holidays guys. :)

  8. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 18, 2013 - 1:59 am


    Beautiful page. Great job – keep up the good work! :)

  9. Dreamlight Ella -  December 17, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    Yay! Privacy it is, and privacy it shall be! Now we may all have excuses to look up the word, and see the beautifully decorated page.

  10. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 17, 2013 - 8:23 am

    1st comment! (I don’t see any others.)

    Wow. I guess privacy has been really important this year. I need my online privacy – I’m kinda paranoid about online stalkers. I never ever give out any personal info on the Internet. Privacy is the reason I don’t want to be famous – my whole private life would be on the Internet for the whole world to see. Here’s an example. I have two friends, Alex and Chris, who are brothers. They live across the street from me. Say I’m a famous movie actress or something, and I go to their house to play Minecraft with Chris. (All three of us are Minecrafters, which you might be able to tell from my screen name.) The next day, I would open the Internet to check my email, and on the news it would have an article with a picture of Chris and me and a lot of nonsense about Chris being my boyfriend. See? That’s why I don’t want to be famous. No privacy! Ugh!

    - A 13-year-old Minecrafter girl

    P.S. If you agree, please repost “I don’t want to be a movie star.” Thanks!


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