The dictionaries of Oxford has recorded “youthquake as word of the year for 2017. As a part of a nod to the unexpected youth engagement level in the United Kingdom in this summer’s election.
Definition of Youthquake:
It’s a join of “youth” and “quake”. The word is a noun, define as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.” The word dates back to 1960s and Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland first coined the word. In order to describe the fashion and youth culture of Britain, the word entered into the dictionary.
But the usage of the word witnessed in between 2016 and 2017 in a unique context. As a result of the high participation of the youth in June’s election, the word crowned as Oxford’s word of the year.
Theresa May Conservative Party had not expected before the elections that most young people will vote. But most of the youth shifted to in favor of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party helped to win chairs at the conservative expenses. However, the party lost their majority in parliament.
Corbyn got millennia voters his side as he hosted grime events and sharing memes on social media. Indeed, New Zealand used youthquake to describe engagement of youth in politics. The new Prime Minister of the country, Jacinda Ardern is the world’s youngest female leader at 37.
President of Oxford Dictionaries, Casper Grathwohl described the word of the year as an obvious choice in a statement. “At a time when our language is reflecting a deepening unrest and exhausted nerves, it is a rare political word that sounds a hopeful note. Hope that our polarized times are creating a more open-minded electorate. As this will exercise its voice in the times ahead,” she wrote.
The other words which are shortlisted include – “Antifa,” “broflake,” “newsjacking,” “white fragility,” “gorpcore,” “kompromat,” “Milkshake Duck,” and “unicorn”. Angus Stevenson, Head of Content Development for Oxford Dictionaries, told CNN: “We also felt it struck a more positive note than some of the other words on the shortlist. It’s great to have a word we can rally behind.”
Some people expressed their surprise on word of the year choice in Twitter.