Tag: WOTY 2017
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Short for ‘anti-fascist’, the word Antifa has had an unusual rise to prominence in the course of 2017. It refers, in essence, to anyone or anything opposed to fascism but is most typically used to refer to militant activists who have appeared at rallies and events across the United States to protest the racist and […]more
2017, perhaps more than any other year in recent history, has seen an uptick of accusations of oversensitivity from across the political spectrum. Famous men accused (and sometimes convicted) of sexual harassment complain that women are being ‘too sensitive’. Conservative activists accuse college students of being ‘special snowflakes’ who can’t tolerate opposing views. On the […]more
Casper Grathwohl, our President of Dictionaries, takes us on a personal tour of the Word of the Year selection process, and why he’s particularly hopeful about this year’s choice: Lexicographers have long understood that the words we surround ourselves with can offer an insightful perspective into the societies we live in, and the people we […]more
What is a ‘broflake’? You may have heard this term bandied around the blogosphere and, increasingly, the online news sites, but what does it mean and where did it come from? Let’s start at the very beginning… In much of the UK, snow is something of a unique phenomenon, but it is the single snowflake […]more
With the inclusion of kompromat in the most recent update to Oxford Dictionaries, you might feel like we’ve traveled back in time to an era of trench-coat-and-trilby espionage. Kompromat is a word that means ‘compromising information collected for use in blackmailing, discrediting, or manipulating someone, typically for political purposes’, and while it has been attested […]more