Normally when the Word of the Year is chosen it really resonates with people of all ages. Typically they hate the word, or really love mixing it in to their daily dialogue.
This year’s Word of the Year from Collins Dictionary is one that I can honestly say have never heard spoken OR seen written in my entire life.
2018’s Word of the Year is “single-use.” What? It’s an adjective and “a term that describes items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain.” Here’s a helpful gif to help paint the picture:
Basically, made to be used once only.
Collins Dictionary also chooses nine more words to round out a Top 10 list of sorts. Here are the rest…
backstop – noun: a system that will come into effect if no other arrangement is made
floss – noun: a dance in which people twist their hips in one direction while swinging their arms in the opposite direction with the fists closed
gammon – noun: a person, typically male, middle-aged, and white, with reactionary views, especially one who supports the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union
gaslight – verb: to attempt to manipulate (a person) by continually presenting them with false information until they doubt their sanity
MeToo – adjective: denoting a cultural movement that seeks to expose and eradicate predatory sexual behaviour, especially in the workplace
plogging – noun: a recreational activity, originating in Sweden, that combines jogging with picking up litter
VAR – abbreviation for: video assistant referee
vegan – noun: a person who refrains from using any animal product whatever for food, clothing, or any other purpose
whitewash – verb: to cast a white actor in the role of (a character from a minority ethnic group) or to produce (a film or play) using white actors to play characters from a minority ethnic group