Oxford Dictionary just revealed their “Word Of The Year” for 2017 and it’s a word that no one has ever spoken, written, read, heard or used in any fashion whatsoever. Seriously, I am pretty sure that the Oxford Dictionary is just making words up now to get attention.
I say that because this isn’t our first go-round with the Oxford Dictionary pulling this kind of stunt. Back in 2015, their “Word Of The Year” wasn’t even a word, it was… an emoji. No, I am not kidding.
Last year, 2016, their “Word of the Year” was also something no one on the planet had never heard uttered: “post-truth.”
According to them, post-truth is “an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.” Umm, okay?
Every one of those makes sense.
But as you’ve just read, they have been pretty much just making things up over the past couple of years and 2017 is no exception.
Tell me, honestly, if you have ever heard or said Oxford Dictionary’s “Word Of The Year” for 2017.
That’s right, their “Word Of The Year” is YOUTHQUAKE.
Youthquake? Even my spell-checker as I type it says that it IS NOT A REAL WORD.
They claim that youthquake is a noun “defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’.”
Guess I am going to have to take their word for it.
Sooo… why did the folks over at the Oxford Dictionary choose youthquake?
The data collated by our editors shows a fivefold increase in usage of youthquake in 2017 compared to 2016, the word having first struck in a big way in June with the UK’s general election at its epicentre.
So, basically, it went from being used once in 2016 to five times in 2017? Because that I would believe. Especially since no one, even people that actually LIVE in the UK, have ever heard of this word.
Irish website JOE wrote a headline that read “Not a single person has ever used the 2017 word of the year.”
British website UNILAD wrote this headline, “Oxford Dictionary Word Of The Year Is Something No One’s Heard Of.”
No one on Twitter has ever heard of it either.
Damn. Miss that guy.