The kids are alright: 'Youthquake' is Oxford word of 2017

The kids are alright: 'Youthquake' is Oxford word of 2017

Also on the shortlist was "milkshake duck", a "person or thing that initially inspires delight on social media but is soon revealed to have a distasteful or repugnant past" and "white fragility", defined as "discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice".

Every year, the United States and UK teams of Oxford Dictionaries choose a word or expression "to reflect the passing year in language".

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But he said Youthquake's use in everyday speech had increased five-fold during 2017.

One of the likely reasons for Oxford Dictionaries' choice is the influence young people had in winning so many votes for Jeremy Corbyn during the general election in June.

On 18 April, Prime Minister Theresa May, leader of the Conservatives, called a snap election triggering seven weeks of intense political campaigning. After the public went to the polls on June 8th, headlines emerged of an unexpected insurgence of young voters.

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It was in September that the second, and largest, spike in usage of youthquake was recorded - in New Zealand. "We try to choose a word that reminds us about where we've just been, but also one that captures the zeitgeist, that defining spirit or mood of the moment".

Last year's word, "post-truth", was chosen after the 2016 Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election. Don't worry if you've never heard or read the word before, you are not alone. Here. Now. Youthquake 1965'.

In this blog post, he offers a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process for youthquake as Oxford Dictionaries" Word of the Year 2017, plus his take on a word "imbued with hope' for the future: Youthquake: behind-the-scenes on selecting the Word of the Year.

Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, declared it the year of the "Youthquake", writing: "The year's in its youth, the youth in its year".

Oxford Dictionaries' Casper Grathwohl said it was "not an obvious choice".

"Sometimes you pick a word as the word of the year because you recognise that it has arrived, but other times you pick one that is knocking at the door and you want to help usher it in".

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