Quiz: can you match the Word of the Year to the year?
Are you an expert on word trends? Every year, the Oxford Dictionaries editors select one word that they feel reflects “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year” to award it with the ‘Word of the Year’ title. Over the years, the UK and US editorial teams have often chosen a different Word of the Year to respond to the different ways in which each country’s vocabulary develops. Sometimes, a word captures the imagination on both sides of the Atlantic and can therefore be considered as a joint Word of the Year.
Since our 2014 Word of the Year has just been announced, we thought this might be a good opportunity for a retrospective on previous winners in the form of a quiz. Click through these 10 questions to see if you can guess which word took the title in which year. We’ll start you off with an easy one: