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By Leanne Italie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Merriam-Webster declares ‘ism’ as word of the year for 2015

NEW YORK Merriam-Webster has picked a small but powerful suffix as word of the year: ism.

But not just any ism. The top isms to earn high traffic spikes and big bumps in lookups on the dictionary company’s website in 2015 over the year before are socialism, fascism, racism, feminism, communism, capitalism and terrorism.

For first time, Pantone picks 2 colours of the year: A mindful pairing of light pink and blue

NEW YORK Serenity now, people, with some Rose Quartz mixed in.

The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen not one but two colours of the year — named thusly — in a complementary pairing that spans fashion, media, packaging, housewares and a desire for more tranquility and calm in actual life.

Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland and Caitlyn Jenner among Glamour’s Women of the Year

NEW YORK Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland and five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre and lauded in the aftermath as “The Peacemakers of Charleston” are among this year’s honorees as Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year.

The road to Su-purr Bowl Sunday kicks off with Kitten Bowl III taping for Hallmark Channel

NEW YORK How do you wrangle a kitten-scale football field full of furry paw-thletes? With a tiny little ball on a string dangling from a great big TV camera.

The Hallmark Channel, with help from host Beth Stern and Feline Football League Commissioner Boomer Esiason, taped Kitten Bowl III on Wednesday, ahead of broadcast on Su-purr Bowl Sunday, otherwise known as Feb. 7.

Esquire names sultry Emilia Clarke of ‘Game of Thrones’ the Sexiest Woman Alive

The 28-year-old Londoner, who plays menacing, white-haired Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, aka Mother of Dragons on “Game of Thrones,” is Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.

The magazine made the announcement early Tuesday, but GQ got there first, anointing Clarke Woman of the Year in September.