In case you missed it, Oxford dictionaries 2017 Word of the Year is… youthquake.
The noun, youthquake, is defined as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’.
The word came to the forefront after the snap election in Britain in June 2017 when an unexpected number of young people turned out to vote. That turnout, reportedly, resulted in the loss of seats for the Conservatives in the House of Commons and a gain for the Labour Party. Commentators said “It was the young people wot won it” and dubbed it a youthquake.
New Zealand picked it up and politicians and news people began using youthquake to discuss young people’s engagement in politics.
“Youthquake originally emerged in 1965 from a post-war period of tumultuous change. Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief of Vogue, declared the year of the youthquake.”
Other sources have declared their Word of the Year as well:
- dictionary.com – complicit
- merriam-webster – feminism
- collins dictionary – fake news
- the new yorker – youthquake
I see a Youthquake emerging in the United States. More young people are more interested in politics than previous generations and are signing up to run for office. Tired of politics as usual and the empty rhetoric and promises coming from the President and from politicians who have long over-stayed their time in office. It is time for change.
I wish them Success for their sake and the sake of their children. God Bless them and the United States of America.