Words of the year, 2016

In The Economist, January 3rd, 2017:

"CHOOSING the ‘word of the year’ can be an unenlightening exercise. The last several years have seen language mavens and dictionary publishers pick an emoji (the one meaning ‘crying with joy’), ‘because’ as a preposition (because teenagers), and ‘hashtag’ (as in ‘I’m so happy, hashtag irony,’ to signal a hashtag in speech). Most are probably passing fads; a ‘word of the year’ should ideally both summarise the feel of the 12 months and have a chance of surviving…"

Having said that, I go on to describe why 2016 actually did produce memorable and necessary new words, albeit depressing ones, and reluctantly crown an awful phenomenon 2016’s Word of the Year.

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