2019 s Dictionary.Com Word Of The Year Is Existential

2019 s Dictionary.Com Word Of The Year Is  Existential
The word that defines a year is one that, looking back years from now, we’ll be able to isolate to a specific space and time. It encapsulates a mood for an entire 365-day period among English-speakers everywhere. It’s something we can all relate to.

The word that has chosen to represent 2019 is “ existential .”

“Existential” was prominent, both as a word and a theme, in a lot of the news stories we talked about this year, including climate change , gun violence, and democratic institutions, explains . “It also popped up in lighter stories in popular culture, signalling its place in the cultural zeitgeist,” they added. chooses its word of the year from a list of options based on the site’s top searches and trends. The site notes that there are other words we looked up this year, like “nonbinary,” “quid pro pro,” “manifesto,” “pansexual,” and “polar vortex.” But clearly, of all the words we searched, the one that was most fitting for the larger societal mood was the one about things either ending forever, or about personal and political crises.



Climate activist Greta Thunberg arriving in Lisbon on Tuesday. Her activism has spurred a lot of people to see climate change as an existential threat.

Some of the examples of the word’s use that Dictionary mentions are Joe Biden’s assertion in June that U.S. President Donald Trump “is literally an existential threat ” to America; the Hong Kong protests that originated to oppose an extradition treaty turning into “ existential demonstrations about the future of the territory” and Bernie Sanders referring to climate change as “ an existential crisis that impacts not just you and me and our generation but our kids and our grandchildren.”

One other significant part of culture that contributed to our collective existential crisis: Forky, a sentient homemade toy consisting of googly eyes and pipe cleaner hands, who spends much of “Toy Story 4” wondering who he is and why he exists. HuffPost pop culture reporter Matthew Jacobs got a specific shoutout for his description of the character as “ summer’s best existential spork .”

And if you needed any more proof that we’re living in end times, last year’s word of the year was “ misinformation .”
Read more on The Huffington Post
News Topics :
“At Dictionary we aim to pick a Word of the Year that embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months, ” a Dictionary blog...
NEW YORK—Russian election influence, the ever widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word “complicit” as Dictionary ’s word of the year for 2017. “This year...
“This year a conversation that keeps on surfacing is what exactly it means to be complicit, ” she said. “Complicit has sprung up in conversations about those who speak out against...
A nuclear bomb is detonated at the U.S. Pacific Proving Grounds in 1958. Global nuclear warfare is one of the existential risks that could end civilization as we know it....
Top Stories
The suffix ism is photographed in Merriam Webster s Collegiate Dictionary, in New York, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. AP / Richard Drew Published Tuesday, December 15, 2015 12 49AM EST...