Happy New Year to all readers. I am very late publishing details of Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year, but in case you didn't see it at the time, that word is youthquake. The Oxford website says that the word was used five times more frequently in 2017 than in 2016. It is defined as 'a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people'. It appeared in the media a lot around the time of the UK general election in June 2017, since young people in unprecedented numbers registered to vote, and then actually voted. It was this group that was credited with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party receiving an unexpectedly high number of votes. It was then picked up in other English-speaking countries, notably New Zealand.
Youthquake is not a new word. It was coined in the 1960s by Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief of US Vogue, who used the term to describe the youth-led fashion and music trends of the 1960s, which saw the street style of London's Carnaby Street eclipse the couture fashions of Milan and Paris.
Youthquake was the winning word, but there were plenty of other words that came to prominence during 2017 and made it on to Oxford Dictionaries' shortlist (the definitions are from Oxford Dictionaries, see here):
antifa: a political protest movement comprising autonomous groups affiliated by their militant opposition to fascism and other forms of extreme right-wing ideology
broflake: a man who is readily upset or offended by progressive attitudes that conflict with his more conventional or conservative views
gorpcore: a style of dress incorporating utilitarian clothing of a type worn for outdoor activities
kompromat: compromising information collected for use in blackmailing, discrediting, or manipulating someone, typically for political purposes
milkshake duck: a person or thing that initially inspires delight on social media but is soon revealed to have a distasteful or repugnant past
newsjacking: the practice of taking advantage of current events or news stories in such a way as to promote or advertise one's product or brand
unicorn: denoting something, especially an item of food or drink, that is dyed in rainbow colours, decorated with glitter, etc.
white fragility: discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice