‘Youthquake’ named Oxford Dictionaries’ word of 2017

‘Youthquake’, a word coined 50 years ago to define a cultural, political, or social change inspired by youth, has been recognised by Oxford Dictionaries as its 2017 word of the year. The word was coined by then-Vogue editor Diana Vreeland to describe phenomena including surging youth support for Britain’s Labour Party. A fivefold increase in use of the term between 2016 and 2017, hope in the power to change things that it signifies, and linguistic fun pushed it to top position. Among the runners-ups were ‘broflake’ for a man easily offended by views which conflict his own and ‘kompromat’, a Russian term for compromising information collected for political leverage.