The definition is “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.
Well, well, well. I see what y’all did there, Oxford Dictionaries.
It looks like I’m late to the parry on this one. This was originally announced last year, but recent events like “alternative facts” and #SpicerFacts jolted it back into my app this morning.
But honestly, I’ve never even used the term. The other finalists weren’t particularly great. This single word sums up so much of what took place in 2016. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be seeing much of the same in the near future.
What’s your favorite word you first started seeing or using in 2016?
Three major publications released their annual words of the year last month. Dictionary.com. Merriam Webster’s. And Oxford Dictionaries. All use different methods to determine the word of the year, which is why each one decided on a different word.
Those are the three words picked by the three companies above. Yes, the emoji was one of them. And yes, “-ism” was another. I have no say in this conversation, but an emoji? Really? I won’t even say which company released it as their word of the year because I find the whole thing ridiculous.
And “-ism”. Welp.
At least identity is an actual word. So kudos to one of the three. Ugh.
What do you think of the three words of the year? I was expecting actual words, but I guess that was too much to ask.
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Which describes the act of smoking an e-cigarette.
I had never once heard the word before yesterday’s announcement. Not once. Supposedly the use of the word doubled just from last year. Even though I didn’t hear it once in 2013 or 2014, but hey I’m not particularly interested in anything pertaining to cigarettes. Maybe that’s why I’m out of the loop on this one.
Last year’s word of the year was ‘selfie.’ Now don’t sit there and act like you don’t take selfies. Liar. At least it was a word that EVERYONE and their momma knew. But oh well. Obviously the people at Oxford Dictionaries know something I don’t.
The other words that were on the shortlist were:
Again, I’d never even heard of any of these EXCEPT ‘bae.’ Seriously, this is in the same category as selfie. Everyone knows and says this now. Before reading at all about this year’s award I fully expected ‘bae’ to be recognized as the word of the year.
Do you use the word ‘vape’ often? I don’t. Do you recognize the other words on the shortlist?
You can click here for the definitions of all of the shortlisted words.