The Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year is "toxic"

It’s official 2018 was ‘toxic

2018 is nearly ending and Oxford Dictionaries have announced their word of the year and it is the most millennial thing ever: Toxic.

In 2018, toxic added many strings to its poisoned bow becoming an intoxicating descriptor for the year's most talked about topics. Oxford Dictionaries' judgment is that "toxic" illuminates something about this year.

Toxic won the word of the year but other words that made the shortlist are interesting too, which include gaslighting, incel, techlash, gammon, big dick energy, cakeism, overtourism and orbiting.

'Not to mention the continued public condemnation of the toxicity of plastics. Oxford says it found a 45% increase in searches for that word on oxforddictionaries.com, and also explained that the word is increasingly being used both literally and figuratively.

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'And its not just the physical being touted as toxic this year.

The top ten words used alongside toxic were chemical, masculinity, substance, gas, environment, relationship, culture, waste, algae and air.

This burning of toxic waste, resulting in the release of toxic gases, has been identified as one of a number of causes of toxic air. We have seen this being used on social media and they might win the word of the year probably next year, who knows.

From overly demanding workloads to outright sexual harassment, many companies have been exposed as crucibles for such toxic culture this year, which has seen mass walkouts at Google, the fashion mogul Philip Green disgraced, and the Speaker of the House of Commons accused of misusing his official powers to cover up allegations of bullying in Westminster. In 2017, it picked "youthquake", which was defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people".

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