The word of the year by the Oxford dictionary — TOXIC

In Britain, the linguists involved in the selection of the Oxford dictionaries of new words (or words that received a new value), last week called the «key» word of the year. Mainly for the end of 2018 was the most «poisonous» — «TOXIC». This old in General, the word acquired a fresh sound, entering the lexicon with phrases like «toxic masculinity» and «toxic relationship».

Interestingly, our research into the ‘toxic’ found that pop icon @britneyspears played a part in spreading this metaphorical use of the word; the lyrics of her 2003 song ‘Toxic’ draw an extended metaphor of a lover as a dangerous yet addictive drug. #OxfordWOTY

— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) November 15, 2018

Twitter users felt that the word gained popularity after its use in relation to motion #MeToo. However, this statement does not agree the fans of Britney Spears, who reminded her about the famous hit and the video 2004. In the song the word «TOXIC» was given additional meaning of «threat».

Intelligent oxfordci Twitter partially agreed with this, writing: «I Wonder what our «toxic» the study found that the popular singer Britney Spears played a role in the spread of this metaphorical words.» But also noted that interest in this lexical unit is caused by many reasons, until the poisoning of the former officer of the GRU of the Russian Federation Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury toxic substances. Our blogger Alexander flint also believes that «toxic» is the right word to describe the atmosphere today. The toxicosis.

Following the «TOXIC» in the Oxford English dictionary were «gaslighting» (psychological manipulation, the imposition of some idea), «incel» (a member of the online community misogynists) and «techlash» (strong and widespread negative reaction to the growing power and influence of big technology companies, particularly those based in Silicon valley), and resistant the phrase «we’ll call it the BDE, but look it up if you’re curious» («we call it the BDE, but we’ll see if you found it interesting»).

New article covering some key findings from our very-soon-to-be-published book: 2017 Youthquake: the rise of young cosmopolitans in Britain @James_Sloam @PSAyoungpol @NTUPolitics @NTUPublicSoc @NTUSocSciences

— Matt Henn (@MattHenn2011) October 30, 2018

In 2017, the Oxford dictionary named word of the year «youthquake» — the younger generation, as well as «a significant cultural, political or social changes caused by the actions or influence of youth.»