The 2018 Oxford Word of the Year isn’t nice, it’s toxic

17 November, 2018, 14:49 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Toxic' Is Oxford Dictionary's Word Of The Year

Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2017 was "youthquake" while "post-truth" topped the list in 2016.

Oxford Dictionaries announced that it has chosen "toxic" as its annual "Word of the Year", arguing that it was "the sheer scope of its application that has made it the standout choice".

But while "toxic" may be a bit of a downer for word of the year, at least the runner-ups didn't take the crown.

Justifying its selection in a press release, Oxford Dictionaries said: "In its literal sense, toxic has been ever-present in discussions about the health of our communities and our environment with 'toxic substance', 'toxic gas', 'toxic environment', 'toxic waste', 'toxic algae, ' and 'toxic air' appearing as common collocates in our corpus data".

In addition to its literal use, Oxford also cited the word's use to describe everything from workplaces to relationships to stress.

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Oxford Dictionary said the word of the year is chosen to reflect the "ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance". "With the #MeToo movement putting a cross-industry spotlight on toxic masculinity, and watershed political events like the Brett Kavanaugh Senate judiciary committee hearing sparking worldwide debate, the term toxic masculinity has well and truly taken root in the public consciousness and got people talking in 2018".

This year is well, toxic.

'Lending a personal angle to this year of toxicity'. Toxic masculinity has been on the tip of the tongue amid media reports on the #MeToo movement and allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

The video added: 'While in politics more broadly the word has been applied to the rhetoric of policies, agendas and legacies of leaders and governments around the globe.

The terms "toxic environment" or "toxic relationship" was used in psychology as a designation for complex conditions or mental effects.

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