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December 28, 2018

2018 WORDS OF THE YEAR

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again for word lovers (aka logophile)! The word of the year is out for Oxford Dictionaries, Dictionary.com, Collins Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary and Merriam-Webster.

Which word was the most used (and maybe abused, too) for 2018?

Toxic was named word of the year for Oxford Dictionaries. There was a 45% rise in the number of times it was looked up in their website. The runners up are gaslighting, incel, techlash, gammon, big dick energy, cakeism, overtourism, and orbiting.

Collins Dictionary chose single-use for this year as it has seen a four-fold increase since 2013. The runners up are VAR (video assistant referee), plogging, backstop, gammon, gaslight, MeToo, vegan, whitewash, and floss (yes, that dance move!)

Cambridge Dictionary’s asked fans to vote for the word that they believe sums up this year. The people word of the year for 2018 is nomophobia. I have to admit, I have this anxiety too. The other shortlist are gender gap, ecocide, and no-platforming.

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is justice. A top lookup for 2018 in their website and was consulted 74% more than in 2017. They have 10 runners up and these words are nationalism, pansexual, lodestar, epiphany, feckless, laurel, pissant, respect, maverick, and excelsior.

Misinformation is the word of the year for Dictionary.com.  It is often conflated with disinformation but they have different definitions. Misinformation means false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead while Disinformation is defined as deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda. Their difference comes down to the intent. Their runners up are representation, self-made, and backlash.

And I just recently discovered that even the Philippines has a salita ng taon! It is announced by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Filipinas Institute of Translation, and University of the Philippines.

Tokhang is the word of the year for the Philippines.  The runners up are Dengvaxia, DDS, dilawan, fake news, federalism, foodie, quo warranto, resibo, TRAIN and troll.

The words of the year (and the runners up too) definitely reflected what happened the past months around the world.

Here’s to wishing everyone a happy new year and a year full of happy days!


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