The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is “youthquake.”
Youthquake is a noun defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”
Oxford editors chose “youthquake” because their data showed a fivefold increase in usage in 2017 since 2016, with particular prevalence in June during the U.K.’s general election.
In April, conservative leader Theresa May called a snap-election that prompted seven weeks of fierce campaigning. Although the youth-appealing Labour Party lost seats in the June election, it drew the greatest surge of young voters to the polls in 25 years.
Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief of Vogue, first coined the term in 1965 to describe the post-war turmoil and the baby-boomers’ rejection of traditional values.
The words that made the shortlist were: Antifa, Broflake, Gorpcore, Kompromat, Milkshake Duck, Newsjacking, Unicorn, and White Fragility.
Words selected from the last four years were Post-truth, ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ Emoji, Vape, and Selfie.