‘’Youthquake’’ declared as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries for 2017
Oxford Dictionaries on Friday declared “Youthquake” as the word of the year for 2017, owing to what it calls a “political awakening” among young voters. 'Youthquake' is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”. Last year Oxford named “post-truth” as the word of the year, after the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. Youthquake originated in a very specific context, coined by Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, when British youth culture was changing the face of fashion and music in the 1960s, according to the blog post. Other words in contention for this year’s word of the year included ‘antifa’ - a short word for “anti-fascist”, and ’broflake’ meaning a man who is readily upset or offended by progressive attitudes that conflict with his more conservative views.
‘Kompromat’ - the Russian term for compromising information collected for use in blackmailing, ‘unicorn’ - adding rainbow colours to things, especially food and ’Milkshake duck’ - a person or character on social media that appears to be endearing at first, but is found to have an unappealing backstory - were also considered.
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