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By Leanne Italie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dictionary.com’s word of the year is ‘xenophobia’

NEW YORK — You might have thought about it, heard it. A lot. You might have even felt it: Dictionary.com’s word of the year is “xenophobia.”

While it’s difficult to get at exactly why people look up words in dictionaries, online or on paper, it’s clear that in contentious 2016, fear of “otherness” bruised the collective consciousness around the globe.

Grumpy Cat counts down to the new year with top pet peeves

NEW YORK — Grumpy Cat’s got a message just in time for the holidays and she doesn’t care how you feel about it.

In vintage David Letterman style, the grumpster has posted her Top 10 pet peeves on her new blog at Pawculture.com, but absent is the multimillion-dollar thing that might just annoy her the most: money talk.

A mixed red carpet in colours and cut for the Emmys

Kerry Washington, always a red carpet favourite, won the Emmys red carpet Sunday, showing off her huge baby bump in a black custom Brandon Maxwell strapless gown with daring cutouts, her hair long, loose and curly.

“She was dressing for two and got the proportions just right,” said Rickie De Sole, fashion market director for W magazine.

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.