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'Youthquake' Oxford Dictionary's World of the Year

Published on December 15, 2017
Oxford Dictionaries has announced "youthquake"  as the word of the year 2017

'Youthquake' Oxford Dictionary's World of the Year
Word "youthquake" which represents the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer's election in the United Kingdom.

What does Youthquake mean?

The word is a combination of "youth" and "earthquake", the noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people."
The word was coined in the 1960s by then-Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, to describe upheavals in fashion and music caused by Britain's youth culture but now it has been used in a different context.

Other words on the list

The other words in this year's shortlist were: "antifa," "broflake," "newsjacking," "white fragility," "gorpcore," "kompromat," "Milkshake Duck," and unicorn.

'Feminism' is Merriam-Webster dictionary's word of year

Merriam-Webster dictionary has named "feminism" as its word of 2017
The decision to make this word of the year was driven by women's marches, new TV shows and films on women's issues and the string of news stories on sexual assault and harassment claims.
The number of people searching for the word was up 70% on 2016
The dictionary defines feminism as "the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes".
It adds that it is also "organised activity on behalf of women's rights and interests".
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