What was the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2017 Word of the Year?
Answer: The Oxford Dictionaries named “youthquake” as 2017’s Word of the Year. No, we haven’t heard of it either, but 2017 belonged to the noun youthquake, which is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”. Data collated shows a fivefold increase in usage of youthquake in 2017 compared to 2016. The word of the year is judged not only reflective of the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of this past year, but as having lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.
The Oxford English has come out with its Word of the Year, and it’s a word not many have heard of — youthquake.
“So given this broad examination of the year in language, what did we eventually settle on? I am pleased to introduce youthquake as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017,” writes Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford’s dictionaries division