Oxford Dictionaries names "Youthquake" Word of the Year 2017

Thanks to the unexpected insurgence of young voters during the June UK general election.

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  •  BY Joe Reeve

Oxford Dictionaries has announced the Word of the Year for 2017, and much like 2016’s winner, it’s political.

The Word of the Year 2017 is "Youthquake". It started to be used frequently during the June UK general election thanks to the unexpected insurgence of young voters, and continued to rise during the New Zealand general election with politicians and media using it to discuss young people’s engagement in politics.

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It’s defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people".

"Youthquake" beat the likes of "Anitfa", "Newsjacking", "Broflake" and "Gorpcore" to win Word of the Year 2017. Read more about it over on the Oxford Dictionaries website.

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