Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017

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edited December 2017 in New words and word trends

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is youthquake!
How did we chose it? Why was it chosen? Find out all about it here.
What do you think of our choice?


  • I read about ‘youthquake’ and I was not so sure what events marked the word of the year ‘youthquake.’ To me, it felt as though a compromise has been made in selection of the word. In the theme that existing order was challenged, ‘youthquake’ is a good candidate but the year was more about gender equality rather than youth vs. non-youths. Perhaps ‘me-too’ or ‘gender equality’ of some sort may have been more convincing. Additionally, the reasoning behind choosing the word is more Britain-centric, rather than global in scope.

  • Hi @andrewbkim - nice to see you on the forum!

    You make some interesting points here. Can I check if you have read the commentary about the WOTY on our blog? The video on this page might be particularly helpful as regards your concerns that it is UK-orientated, as it discusses youthquakes in a number of countries. This can be found here: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2017

    You might like to see the other words that made the shortlist (and the reasons for including them): https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/shortlist-2017

    Your comments about wishing for a word more themed on gender-equality are interesting, especially as another dictionary's WOTY this year was actually 'feminism'. Although they didn't become the WOTY, some gender-based words have been featured in our Weekly Word Watch this year, such as 'shero', and both 'feminism' and 'gender' were among our top-viewed entries of the year (another page which might be useful: https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2017/12/06/top-viewed-entries-2017/).

    I hope this helps! It's great to hear such a thoughtful response to the Word of the Year, and we welcome any further comments.

    Very best wishes,


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