Dictionary.com has announced its Word of the Year for 2017, and in the vein of Collins English Dictionary’s choice of “fake news”, it’s marginally political.
Drumroll please, the 2017 Word of the Year is… “complicit”, and the website defines the word as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act” and “having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” According to Dictionary.com, online searches for the word spiked three times this year.
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We first heard the word in March, after Saturday Night Live released a fake ad for a perfume named Complicit , featuring Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump. Next, in April, when the real Ivanka told CBS, “I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” and the third time, in late October when Senator Jeff Flake announced his retirement by saying, “I will not be complicit or silent” about today’s political climate and the overall tone of the current presidency.
Additionally, Dictionary.com noted the word “complicit” has also surfaced during discussions of alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein and others, so we’ve definitely seen a lot of complicity this year.
Plus, shoutout to their Word of the Year from 2016, “xenophobia.”
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