Words are our solace, and our favorite hiding place is between the pages of a book. However, while words may be one of our largest sources of comfort during uncertain times, there's one word in particular that we're sick and tired of hearing, both literally and figuratively. "Pandemic" is Merriam-Webster's and Dictionary.com's word of the year.
The fight for racial and gender equality; Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing; the controversy surrounding Robert Mueller’s investigation; this year has been a tumultuous news cycle and this is expected to continue in 2019.
In response to all this, Merriam-Webster crowned the word ‘justice’ as the word of the year for 2018.
“The concept of Justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice,” the company said. “In any conversation about these topics, the question of just what exactly we mean when we use the term justice is relevant, and part of the discussion,” it said.
There was a 74% in webs search compared with 2017, and the company acknowledged its features in many news outlets.
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Oxford Dictionary named ‘toxic’ its word of the year, and Dictionary.com’s crowned ‘misinformation’ as the winner.
It comes after Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, during a week when sweeping criminal justice reforms look set to dominate the US Senate’s agenda.
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‘Justice,’ succeeds last year’s winner, ‘feminism.’ There are many other examples of successes in the past of the companies word choices of 2018:
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Searches for the word ‘nationalism’ saw an 8000% spike when Trump described himself as a nationalist at a rally in Houston; ‘Pansexual’ was buzzing when Janelle Monáe identified herself as such; ‘Lodestar’ increased when the anonymous writer published an explosive New York Times opinion piece; ‘Laurel’ spiked in searches after the death of the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Aretha Franklin, in August.
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‘Socialism,’ ‘austerity,’ and ‘bailout,’ have all been crowned by the company in the past decade.
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Every ‘word of the year’ since 2003!
Depending on who you ask, the 2017 Word of the Year is a variety of different things. Ask Collins English Dictionary, and it’s “fake news”. Ask Dictionary.com, it’s “complicit”. Ask the Oxford Dictionary, and it’s “youthquake,” which- I don’t even know where to begin. So here at Bookstr, we’ve decided our Word of the Year is enough.
So to celebrate, here’s a list of ten things I’ve had enough of this year:
1. My favorite rockstars dying.
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2. The rampant sexual misconduct throughout these United States of America.
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3. Just how strong the wind is on the street leading to my subway stop.
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5. My cat chewing through, and me replacing, eleven pairs of headphones.
6. Politics in general.
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7. Kylie Jenner still refusing to acknowledge her pregnancy (she should be due like, any minute now).
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8. Not The Simpsons.
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9. Forest fires.
10. Murder, She Wrote being removed from Netflix streaming.
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Apparently dictionaries announcing the word of the year is a thing and, to be honest, I’ve been getting a kick out of them. Collins English Dictionary said the 2017 word of year is “fake news”; Dictionary.com said it’s “complicit”; Merriam-Webster said it was “feminism.” This tradition is pretty entertaining, especially when a dictionary chooses a word that sparks deep confusion amongst pretty much everyone.
This year, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) had everyone scratching their head when they announced that the word of the year is…“youthquake.”
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If you have no idea what the hell a “youthquake” is or why it sounds dirty, then the good news is you’re not alone. If you know exactly what it is, then the better news is that you, my friend, are a rarity. You are truly a special, unique person.
According to the OED, the word refers to “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”
While the definition itself sounds pretty cool (though completely unexpected), the word itself sounds somewhat bizarre.
According to the OED, “youthquake” was chosen as a result of its growing popularity and usage in 2017 compared to 2016. And while I personally have never heard anyone use it, it’s allegedly used frequently. This is according to the OED.
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Apparently the significance of “youthquake” is related to the culture in the UK and the recent political elections that occurred there. You can click here for more on that. I suppose their explanation makes much more sense, though I’m curious if the word is really used in conversation in the UK (if you live in the UK please comment on whether or not you or someone you know has ever used the word even once or ironically or uttered something that sounded remotely similar to “youthquake”).
Naturally, many took to Twitter to express their ultimate confusion over the OED’s chosen word and it is absolutely the highlight of the day. And, who knows, maybe “youthquake” will become a thing…not (as the youths say).
— Jason Murdock (@Jason_A_Murdock) December 15, 2017
— Parker (@panoparker) December 15, 2017
— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) December 15, 2017
Just read that Oxford dictionaries named #Youthquake as their word of the year for 2017.
I read a large selection of news every day for my job. Number of times I’ve read Youthquake… Once. Today.
I think word of the year should be #The. It’s still largely ignored but popular.
— Catboy – Dubai 92 (@Catboy92) December 15, 2017
— Elizabeth Bananuka (@ebananuka) December 15, 2017
So, “Youthquake” is Oxford English Dictionaries word of the year. Never heard it being said, no idea what it means…must have missed the memo on this one #youthquake
— Sacha Lord (@Sacha_whp) December 15, 2017
Apart from in relation to a Dead or Alive album, I haven’t hear anyone say #youthquake. Which year is this the word of?
— Oonagh (@Okeating) December 15, 2017
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