One day we’ll go back to a time when all of the dictionaries’ Words of the Year aren’t super depressing references to our modern dystopia. One day.
Oxford Dictionary just released its Word of the Year for 2018, and they went with . . . “toxic.” And NOT because they just discovered the Britney Spears song from 15 years ago.
They say they went with “toxic” because it was the word that did the best job, quote, “reflecting the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and has lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.”
“Toxic” DID come up a lot of different ways, from metaphorical use like “toxic political environment” and “toxic masculinity” to literal use like “toxic algae” and “toxic waste.”
Oxford’s runners up included gaslighting . . . incel . . . overtourism . . . and BIG D*** ENERGY.