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The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2017 was “youthquake.” Defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people,” this noun was judged the word with the most potential to have a lasting cultural significance.
Youthquake didn’t first appear in 2017, but rather its usage jumped dramatically that year. The dictionary folks attributed that to the June election in Britain in which young people engaged in droves and were thought to have caused major ripples in the results. The word was later used in September elections in New Zealand too.
The word was actually first introduced in 1965 in a Diana Vreeland editorial in Vogue US. She described 1965 as the year of the youthquake in writing: ‘The year’s in its youth, the youth in its year. … More dreamers. More doers. Here. Now. Youthquake 1965.’ Other words that made the 2017 shortlist included: newsjacking, broflake, and milkshake duck.
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