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  • 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…