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Youthquake is 2017's word of the year after Jeremy Corbyn's election campaign

2017-December-19       Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

"Youthquake", "antifa" and "broflake" might have yet to make it into daily vocabulary.

"Youthquake", "antifa" and "broflake" might have yet to make it into daily vocabulary.


But according to the Oxford Dictionaries, they are the words which will define the year 2017.


It has announced "youthquake", referring to the rallying of young people by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party during the 2017 General Election, as its word of the year.


The word saw a 400 percent increase in usage between 2016 and 2017, and "highlights the increased awareness of young people’s capacity to influence, and even drive, political change," it said.


Many of the words chosen for the list refer to political turbulence and social change.


"Antifa", meaning groups united by militant opposition to fascism made the list, as did "broflake", a man upset by progressive attitudes which conflict with his more conservative views.


Another, "Milkshake Duck", is something which "initially inspires delight on social media but is soon revealed to have a distasteful or repugnant past".


"Kompromat", a Russian word originally based on the English phrase "compromising material", means material used to blackmail or manipulate someone for political purposes.

“污点材料”这个俄罗斯词语源于英文短语compromising material,意思是出于政治目的用于敲诈或操控某人的材料。

Others were more light-hearted. "Gorpcore", meaning the trend for wearing functional, outdoorsy clothing, also made the list, alongside "unicorn", referring to the trend for dousing anything from lattes to bagels in rainbow colours and glitter.


Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Dictionaries, said youthquake had taken the top spot because it was a "rare political word that sounds a hopeful note”.


"Sometimes you pick a word as the Word of the Year because you recognize that it has arrived, but other times you pick one that is knocking at the door and you want to help usher in," he said.


Corbyn engaged with the UK's foremost grime artists and spoke about topics such as housing and social justice in an attempt to woo younger voters - previously disengaged in politics - into voting for him.


The strategy worked, with youth turnout jumping from 43 percent in the 2015 election to 64 percent.


This demographic overwhelming backed Corbyn, leading to seat gains such as Canterbury - a town with a large student group, but which had a 185-year period of always electing Conservative-allied MPs.


This increased engagement of younger voters meant that overall turnout was boosted.


The 20-point increase in turnout among 18-24 year olds helped increase turnout to 69.1 percent.



2004 Chav 低下阶层爱穿名牌服饰的年轻人

2005 Sudoku 数独游戏

2006 Bovvered 在意

2007 Carbon Footprint 碳足迹

2008 Credit Crunch 信贷崩塌

2009 Simples 非常容易完成的事情

2010 Big Society 大社会

2011 Squeezed Middle 受挤压的中产阶级

2012 Omnishambles 一团糟

2013 Selfie 自拍

2014 Vape 电子水烟

2015 *Tears Of Laughter Emoji* “笑cry”表情

2016 Post-Truth 后真相

Source: 丹妮 from language.chinadaily.com.cn

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