>> Single use. It's Collins Dictionary's word of the year, conjuring up images of landfills and polluted oceans. Single-use plastic, single-use packaging, single-use waste. Apparently, the term's being used four times more than it was in 2013, as pollution climbs the political agenda. Supermarket bags, to go coffee cups, and plastic straws, in particular, have had a lot of hate in the headlines.
This year, Seattle became the first major US city to ban them. Starbucks has plans to phase them out in 28,000 locations globally. Britain says it's going to completely ban single-use plastics like straws and cotton buds, and in May, the European Union moved to do the same. Other new and notable words on the list were Me Too and gammon.
If gammon makes you think of pink, succulent meat, then apparently you need to get with the times. It's actually a derogatory slang term for an angry pink faced person that probably supports Britain leaving the EU. One other top word also has a slightly snoozy Brexit connection, backstop, meaning a legal guarantee about the Irish border after Brexit.