>> Cambridge Dictionary went with populism, Merriam-Webster chose feminism. Now, Oxford Dictionaries is announcing its 2017 word of the year, youthquake. Reflecting what it calls a political awakening among millennial voters. It's defined as a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions of young people. It was actually coined in the 1960s by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, who used it to describe how youth culture was changing attitudes, fashion, and music.
But its modern use has a more political context, partly due to a reported surge of young voters. Oxford Dictionary says it's not an obvious choice, but that after what it calls a difficult and divisive year, it sounds a note of hope. And that its every day use has increased five-fold this year.
Also short-listed for the top spot was broflake, meaning a man who's upset by progressive attitudes. Kompromat, the Russian term for material used in blackmail, and Milkshake Duck, a social media darling, who soon turns out to have a dark side.