I wish you all very happy new year guys . I know am very fast to wish you all guys *kindly notice the sarcasm* 😛
Today I want to discuss the word of the year 2017 which was given by the oxford dictionary is ” YOUTHQUAKE“. By hearing the word we can easily predict the meaning, the word youth usually means the current generation and the other word quake means shaking.
The official definition of the word YOUTHQUAKE given by the oxford dictionary is ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’.
Now let us discussed the why the word has been chosen?
- Usage of the term in the UK increased five-fold in 2017 over 2016, including a huge spike in the second half of the year
- The word first built momentum in the wake of the British polls in June when young voters almost carried the Labour Party to an unlikely victory, the dictionary said
- Then it began to gain usage in New Zealand in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in September, in which the Labour party aimed to appeal to younger voters and succeeded in gaining seats and forming a new minority government, it said
- Australians acknowledged the word in referencing it during their November referendum on marriage equality, which resulted in a YOUTHQUAKE of support
- YOUTHQUAKE originated in a very specific context, coined by Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, when British youth culture was changing the face of fashion and music in the 1960s, according to the blog post
Five decades later YOUTHQUAKE has been resurrected with a new meaning, now referring to the political awakening of the oft-maligned millennial generation.
OTHER WORDS IN THE RACE WERE
Other words in contention for this year’s word of the year included ‘antifa’ – a short word for “anti-fascist”, and ‘broflake’ meaning a man who is readily upset or offended by progressive attitudes that conflict with his more conservative views.
‘Kompromat’ – the Russian term for compromising information collected for use in blackmailing, ‘unicorn’ – adding rainbow colours to things, especially food and ‘Milkshake duck’ – a person or character on social media that appears to be endearing at first, but is found to have an unappealing back story — were also considered.
And if you want to know more details behind the selection of word you can visit blog http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/youthquake-word-of-the-year-2017-commentary by President of Dictionaries Casper Grathwohl.