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Politics

Election sent many to the dictionary

NEW YORK — Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster’s most looked-up words of 2012.

Traffic for the unlikely pair on the company’s website about doubled this year from the year before as the health care debate heated up and discussion intensified over ‘‘American capitalism’’ versus ‘‘European socialism,’’ said the editor at large, Peter Sokolowski.

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