Millennials to define 2017, Oxford says

Dead Or Alive Youthquake

Millennials to define 2017, Oxford says

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But outrage was replaced by bafflement this morning, after Oxford Dictionaires named its word of the year - and left the majority of people scratching their heads about what it actually means.

A noun defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people", the word was honored as a reflection of the character of the past year.

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Have you heard of a youthquake?

The word, coined nearly 50 years ago by then-Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, has been used to describe phenomena including surging youth support for Britain's Labour Party and the election of 30-something leaders in France and New Zealand.

Casper Grathwohl, the president of Oxford Dictionaries, noted that although "Youthquake" was an unusual word to be dubbed as word of the year, "it is a rare political word that sounds a hopeful note".

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"Sometimes you pick a word as the Word of the Year because you recognize that it has arrived, but other times you pick one that is knocking at the door and you want to help usher in", he affirmed. Merriam-Webster, a reference book publisher based in the United States, named "feminism" its word of the year on December 12. "Chav" came top in 2004, "sodoku" in 2005 and "simples" in 2009.

The term was selected from a shortlist of 10 words that included "Antifa", a word used to refer to anti-fascist groups in the U.S, "broflake" which is a stereotypical label given to men easily angered by progressive social attitudes, and "unicorn", which is often used to describe glittery drinks and food, The Mirror said.

The word of the year for 2017 has been revealed by the Oxford Dictionaries, and it's very much inspired by Labour's success at the 2017 General Election.

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"In youthquake we find some hope in the power to change things, and had a little bit of linguistic fun along the way".

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