The 2016 Word of the Year is entirely appropriate

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Sunday 08 January 2017 11:45
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The American Dialect Society comes together once a year to choose its Word of the Year.

The word, or sometimes phrase, they choose encompasses the:

public discourse and preoccupations of the past year.

In 2014, the society chose #blacklivesmatter, to represent the country’s burgeoning civil rights movement.

For the year 2015, characterising the discourse surrounding sexual orientation and efforts to expand normative definitions of gender, ‘they’ was the word of the year.

Nominations for 2016 included 'unpresidented', a word Donald Trump popularised, also ‘fam’, ‘Harambe’ and ‘facticide’, which means the killing of facts, probably.

However, the 2016 Word of the Year is dumpster fire.

The definition of dumpster fire is given as...

an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation

...and the Society says it came into prominence in the past year...

very frequently in the context of the US presidential campaign.

Picture: Giphy(Picture: Giphy)

Sounds about right.

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