youthquake


social change triggered by the younger generation

TRANSLATION

youthquake = ursprünglich Londoner Mode- und Jugendbewegung, heute Begriff für Veränderung von gesellschaftlichen Normen durch die Jugend

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

'YOUTHQUAKE' named 2017 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. A year of political change effected by young people tipped the balance of power in a shortlist including such buzzwords as Antifa, kompromat and Milkshake Duck.

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youthquake
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- a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people"

Oxford Dictionaries

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The term youthquake saw a 401% increase in usage year-on-year as 2017 saw the millennial generation drive political change. The publishers cited the UK and New Zealand general elections as examples of young voters mobilising to support opposition parties.

Oxford Dictionaries consultant Susie Dent said many of the year's standout words "speak to fractured times of mistrust and frustration."

"In 'youthquake' we find some hope in the power to change things, and had a little bit of linguistic fun along the way," she said. "It feels like the right note on which to end a difficult and divisive year."

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Oxford Dictionaries word of the year 2017 shortlist included:

antifa = a political protest movement comprising autonomous groups affiliated by their militant opposition to fascism and other forms of extreme right-wing ideology

kompromat = compromising information collected for use in blackmailing, discrediting, or manipulating someone, typically for political purposes

milkshake duck = a person or thing that initially inspires delight on social media but is soon revealed to have a distasteful or repugnant past

newsjacking = the practice of taking advantage of current events or news stories in such a way as to promote or advertise one’s product or brand

unicorn = denoting something, especially an item of food or drink, that is dyed in rainbow colours, decorated with glitter, etc.

white fragility = discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice

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Other words of the year selected by dictionaries include "fake news", which was crowned by Collins Dictionary, and "feminism", which was picked by US institution Merriam-Webster based on the increased interest in the term after the global Women’s March in early 2017.

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Last year's word of the year was "post-truth.

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