So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections. Change It wasn’t trendy, funny, nor was it coined on Twitter, but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined 2010. The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: In the past two years, has there been enough change? Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs.
Only time will tell if the latest wave of change Americans voted for in the midterm elections will result in a negative or positive outcome. Tergiversate This rare word was chosen to represent 2011 because it described so much of the world around us. Tergiversate means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc. Bluster In a year known for the Occupy movement and what became known as the Arab Spring, our lexicographers chose bluster as their Word of the Year for 2012. 2012 saw the most expensive political campaigns and some of the most extreme weather events in human history, from floods in Australia to cyclones in China to Hurricane Sandy and many others. Privacy We got serious in 2013.
Privacy was on everyone’s mind that year, from Edward Snowden’s reveal of Project PRISM to the arrival of Google Glass. Exposure Spoiler alert: Things don’t get less serious in 2014. Our Word of the Year was exposure, which highlighted the year’s Ebola virus outbreak, shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, and widespread theft of personal information. From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year. Identity Fluidity of identity was a huge theme in 2015. Language around gender and sexual identity broadened, becoming more inclusive with additions to the dictionary like gender-fluid as well as the gender-neutral prefix Mx.
Xenophobia In 2016, we selected xenophobia as our Word of the Year. Fear of the “other” was a huge theme in 2016, from Brexit to President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Despite being chosen as the 2016 Word of the Year, xenophobia is not to be celebrated. Rather it’s a word to reflect upon deeply in light of the events of the recent past. Complicit The word complicit sprung up in conversations in 2017 about those who spoke out against powerful figures and institutions and about those who stayed silent. It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, from politics to pop culture.
Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. It’s a word that reminds us that even inaction is a type of action. The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit.
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Isn’t it wonderful to see Labor and the Greens at each other’s throats. So, David Warner, the next time someone sledges you about the sexual history of Candice Falzon, repeat this. How weird is this sentence, why did the author change David Warner’s wife’s name back to her maiden name? I have enjoyed the current debate here concerning abortion. It has in general been conducted with civility and with dignity to all, with Dr. BG fielding well some less-worthy comments from a certain zzzzzzzzzz. On contentious issues one hopes for a fair hearing, which sometimes doesn’t happen.
I’d like to thank CL for attempting to head off a recent attack on me the other night with a topic change, whereas others could not recognize my distress and simply added to it. The review was submitted to Quadrant last night. It may simply not be their thing, I have heard nothing back yet of course, but at least I completed it. There is satisfaction enough in that.
And afterwards, after all those amazing athletes, she chose me. Support your wife’s sexual agency and put de Kock in his place. Way down the batting order and struggling to keep his spot as a wicket keeper. I don’t mind that he is a dumb xunt.
Being a yapping dumb xunt with a thin skin is what has got him into trouble. Who needs water when you have beer? The greatest cricketing nation on earth evah has been brought to it’s knees by 1 reference to dunny sex and 150 carboard SBW masks. I’m confused, is this author driving the knife in? At first I thought she was doing that thing where a girl tries to do blokesy banter and everyone around dies of acute internal cringe failure. You are going to have to write that on the back of his hand.