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Oxford Dictionary Picks The Word Of The Year, And It's Toxic

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:


  • Oxford Dictionary has revealed the word of the year and its toxic
  • Justifying the pick, Oxford Dictionaries said that the word surfaced bearing in mind a few things that overpowered conversations in 2018- toxic masculinity, toxic air and toxic global politics

Following the annual ritual,  Oxford Dictionary has revealed the word of the year last week and it's toxic. We mean, the word hand-picked is 'toxic.' 

Making the announcement on Twitter, Oxford Dictionary has justified the pick specifying that from 'toxic air' to 'toxic politics' the sheer scope of its application in 2018 made the word 'toxic' stand out choice. 

Justifying their premise for the pick further, Oxford Dictionary underlined the #MeToo movement, implying on the "toxic masculinity" being the second most talked about topic of 2018.

Next they implied how the word 'toxic' was even suitable for the current world politics, considering Brexit and by the rhetoric of leaders around the globe.  It also coincided with the current state of the environment, and the deteriorating air conditions. 

Interestingly, the Oxford Dictionary did not miss out on pop-icon Britney Spears who made the word famous back in 2003. They gave her the credit for playing a part in spreading this metaphorical use of the word, drawing an extended metaphor of a lover as a dangerous yet addictive drug. 

Here is how Twitter is reacting to 'toxic' being the word of 2018-