This week our top word was ligature. For two days, it trended in searches (increasing by 3690%).
Well, sadly, this word is trending due to the horrific story about the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman in Toronto, Ontario. Barry was a pharmaceutical executive and a billionaire, but the couple was also known for their philanthropy. They both died from ligature neck compression, meaning “strangulation caused by binding or tying” (according to The Washington Post). It’s still unclear if their deaths were homicides.