Content | November 3, 2016
And the Collin’s Dictionary Word of the Year Is…
And the Collin’s Dictionary Word of the Year is… (drum roll please) BREXIT. Yep, the word that was on everyone’s lips this summer has officially made it into the English dictionary.
Brexit Named Word of the Year
Brexit noun: the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
Deemed by lexicographers as ‘politics’ most important contribution to the language for 40 years’, ‘brexit’ has unsurprisingly seen a surge in use this year, and as a result has been named ‘Word of the Year’ by Collins.
The term was first coined back in 2013 and has since increased in use by 3,400% due to the referendum in June. It was added to the print edition of the Collins Dictionary at the beginning of 2016 and Collins has said that an increase in use like this is ‘unheard of’ in all the years it has been monitoring word usage.
“‘Brexit’ is arguably politics’s most important contribution to the English language in over 40 years, since the Watergate scandal gave commentators and comedians the suffix ‘-gate’ to make any incident or scandal infinitely more compelling,”
said Helen Newstead, Collins’s Head of Language Content. She continues:
“Most of this year’s words are used by or relate to the generation born towards the end of the last century. They are the drivers of ‘dude food’, quickest to ‘throw shade’ or ‘mic drop’. They may be referred to by some as the ‘snowflake generation’, but they are the most likely to rail against ‘Brexit’ and ‘Trumpism’. Their contribution to the constant evolution of the English language should not be overlooked.”
Which Other Words Made Collins’ List?
dude food noun: junk food such as hot dogs, burgers etc. considered particularly appealing to men
hygge noun: a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing
JOMO noun acronym: joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one’s current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun
mic drop noun: a theatrical gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a hand-held microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance
sharenting noun: the habitual use of social media to share news, images etc. of one’s children
snowflake generation noun: the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations
throw shade verb: to make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner
uberization noun: the adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology
What Word Would You Add to the Dictionary?
If you could add any word to the Collins English dictionary, what would it be? Tweet us @_libertydigital. We’d add ‘proreactive’ which our Marketing Manager, Paul, created meaning to prepare to be reactive in marketing.