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Oxford Dictionary's Word Of The Year Is So Whacky

I don’t mean to alarm anyone but in just two weeks time the year will be over and we will officially be in 2018! This means that yearly wrap-ups of almost everything is hitting the internet. 

Music streaming sites are telling you what songs the world listened to the most and video streaming sites will tell you what the most popular TV shows and movies of the year were. Even dictionaries are letting us know what the most popular words were this year! 

The Oxford Dictionary has revealed the world’s Word Of The Year and it’ll confuse just about anyone.

The 2017 Word Of The Year is officially ‘Youthquake’! Now… have you actually heard or used this word before?


The definition of youthquake is, “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”

If you think that this word is new, you’d be surprised to hear that the word was first used back in 1965 in the pages of British Vogue, when the magazine’s editor at the time, Diana Vreeland, used it to describe the cultural climate in London.

“Under 24 and over 90,000,000 strong in the U.S alone. More dreamers. More doers. Here. Now. Youthquake 1965.”

The word is rather fitting for 2017 when you think about the world’s fascination with teenaged actors and fashion stars and the youths influence on political issues such as same-sex marriage.

However, Twitter users are still confused by the choice of this word. 

What do you think of the Word Of The Year? Is it fitting? 

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