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‘Plastic’ named Oxford Children’s Word of the Year

Oxford Children’s Dictionaries have named ‘plastic’ as the Oxford Children’s Word of the Year 2018! The Oxford University Press analysed 134,000 short stories submitted to BBC Radio 2's 500 Words competition. Plastic is the Oxford Children’s Word of the Year because of its significant increase in use in 500 Words (a total rise of more than 100% from 2017), the awareness and passion children demonstrated for environmental issues, and the creative solutions to combat them that children invented in their stories, said the…

‘Youthquake’ named 2017 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

CALIFORNIA: "Youthquake" was crowned Friday as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year 2017, following a five-fold increase in usage. The word is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people". It first rose during Britain's June general election, which saw an upsurge in youth turnout, then had an even bigger spike in September around New Zealand's general election. However, the word was first coined in 1965 by the then Vogue magazine editor Diana…

‘Fake news’ named word of the year for 2017

GLASGOW: The term ‘fake news’ dominated the global politics for around last 12 months and now it has found some legitimacy after it was named Word of the Year 2017 by Collins' Dictionary, even though the term is two words. Usage of the term - which has often been used by US President Donald Trump - has risen by 365% since 2016, according to the dictionary. “'Fake news', either as a statement of fact or as an accusation, has been inescapable this year, contributing to the undermining of society's trust in news…

‘Surreal’ is named 2016 ‘Word of the Year’

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's upset win in the US presidential election astonished people so much that they rushed to the dictionary to look up the word everyone was using to describe the event: surreal. Indeed, Merriam-Webster's dictionary on Monday named surreal its Word of the Year 2016, the honour given to the word or term with the sharpest spike in look-ups over the previous year. Surreal, definition: "marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream." It actually triggered not one but a series of sudden jumps…

‘Post-truth’ named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

WASHINGTON: “Post-truth” has been named Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 international word of the year, to “reflect the passing year in language”. The word surpassed other competing words like “adulting,” “alt-right,” “Brexiteer,” “glass cliff” and “woke”. According to analysis by Oxford Dictionaries, the word was chosen from a shortlist selected to reflect the social, cultural, political, economic, and technological trends and events of 2016. Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting…