Oxford Reveals Word of the Year

Toxic' Is Oxford Dictionary's Word Of The Year

'Toxic' Is Oxford Dictionaries' Word Of 2018

The word "toxic" has beaten out runners up, including "big dick energy", "incel", and "gammon", for the title of Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2018.

Our corpus data shows that, after "chemical", "masculinity" is the most-used word in conjunction with toxic this year.

"The adjective toxic is defined as "poisonous" and first appeared in English in the mid-seventeenth century from the medieval Latin toxicus, meaning "poisoned" or "imbued with poison", according to Oxford Dictionaries.

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"In its original, literal use, to refer to poisonous substances, "toxic" has been ever-present in discussions of the health of our communities, and our environment", pointing, among other examples, to the recent increase in discussion surrounding the " a href="http://cnn.com/2018/03/21/health/ocean-plastic-intl/index.html”; target="_blank" rel="noopener" toxicity of plastics /a ". "With the #MeToo movement putting a cross-industry spotlight on toxic masculinity, and watershed political events like the Brett Kavanaugh Senate judiciary committee hearing sparking global debate, the term toxic masculinity has well and truly taken root in the public consciousness and got people talking in 2018".

'And its not just the physical being touted as toxic this year.

Alongside the literal sense of the word, data shows that people have reached for the word to describe workplaces, schools, relationships, cultures, and stress.

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'Lending a personal angle to this year of toxicity'.

"Politically, the #MeToo movement has shone a spotlight on 'toxic masculinity' while, more broadly, the word has been applied to the environment for debate fostered by the Brexit vote and by the rhetoric of leaders across the globe". Oxford Dictionaries' judgment is that "toxic" illuminates something about this year.

The Oxford team defines its word of the year as "a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language" and makes it choice based on a word that "best captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year". The top 10 words used alongside "toxic" this year, Oxford says, were chemical, masculinity, substance, gas, environment, relationship, culture, waste, algae, and air.

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