Pronunciation: tsahyt-gahyst

This is a word that sounds abstruse and esoteric, doesn’t it?
Well, it’s a German word and Wikipedia has this to say about it:

Zeitgeist is “the spirit of the times” or “the spirit of the age.”  Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era.
The term is a loanword from German Zeit – “time” (cognate with English “tide” and “time”) and Geist – “spirit” (cognate with English “ghost”).

We learn this word through GoogleZeitgeist.com!
The site highlights how the world searched Google and what mattered in 2011? Zeitgeist sorted billions of Google searches to capture the year’s 10 fastest-rising global queries and the rest of the spirit of 2011. Watch to believe it:

The dictionary definitions for Zeitgeist are as follows:
1. The spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feelingcharacteristic of a particular period of time.

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