Oxford Dictionary Released Its Word Of The Year And You’ve Probably Never Even Heard Of It

As the year comes to a close, it’s time for all the end-of-year/best of 2017 announcements to blow up the internet. We’ve heard Dictionary.com’s word of the year, complicit, which threw some shade at Ivanka Trump. Now get ready for Oxford’s Dictionary: youthquake!

Confused? Don’t worry we are too. ‘Youthquake’ isn’t really a term tossed around too much. In fact, is it even a term? Yes, just one we haven’t gotten well acquainted with. NOTE: this word is meant to be representative of the whole world, not just the U.S.  For those who are just as confused I am, let’s take a look at what it actually means:

Alright, it has a positive connotation. While we think of 2017 as a year of turmoil and, well, absolute trash here in United States, ‘youthquake’ could just be foreshadowing our country’s fate (???). The term has been very popular in the UK, and while it hasn’t made its big mark on US soil yet, it touches on the idea that millennials are the real game-changers.  “The word first built momentum in the wake of the British polls in June when young voters almost carried the Labour Party to an unlikely victory,” according to Casper Grathwohl, President of Dictionaries. Unfortunately, the United States can’t relate as our election season was pretty brutal and, well, uhh, not very democratic. As a result, Twitter users in the states had a field day after hearing Oxford’s choice.

Even corporate brand twitters poked fun at it, DANG.


Do we have any faith in the youth to provoke significant change? Or is this word just a doozy? Let us know in the comments below!