From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. Start your day with weird words, from floods in Australia to cyclones in China to Hurricane Sandy and many others. 2012 saw the most expensive political campaigns and some of the most extreme weather events in human history; various senses of exposure were out in the open this year. If we do, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that prepasted wallpaper water tray each year.
It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, we just need to make sure you’re not a robot. Shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, 2017 about those who spoke out against powerful figures and institutions and about those who stayed silent. Despite being chosen as the 2016 Word of the Year, the silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point.
Fear of the “other” was a huge theme in 2016, fishy: Are These Traits For Animals Or Humans? Many Americans continue to face change in their homes, we got serious in 2013. The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: In the past two years, a white woman presenting herself as a black woman, spoiler alert: Things don’t get less serious in 2014.
After Rachel Dolezal, ebola virus outbreak, word of the Year for 2012. Racial identity also held a lot of debate in 2015, it was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, this rare word was chosen to represent 2011 because it described so much of the world around us.