‘Toxic’ Is Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, Here’s Why

By bonneville on November 16, 2018
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Every year the Oxford Dictionaries releases a “Word of the Year, ” to describe the passing year, and before we tell you why ‘toxic’ is their choice for 2018, lets recap last years. According to the Oxford Dictionary, 2017’s “Word of the Year” was “youthquake,” defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’. 

As 2018 comes to an end, Oxford Dictionary, “Word of the Year” is “Toxic,” they say it does the best job, quote:

“reflecting the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year.”

Oxford Dictionaries had some other runner-up words, included gaslighting, incel, overtourism, and techlash.


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