Existential Chosen As The Word Of The Year For 2019

December 5, 2019

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Thanks to politicians, an environmental activist and an animated character help propel the word "existential" to be named the word of the year by dictionary.com. The word, meaning "concerned with existence or affirming or implying the existence of a thing" became a widely-searched term when Bernie Sanders called climate change "an existential crisis" in February, causing an increase in the search for the word by 179%. It went up 1000% when Joe Biden referred to it when describing President Trump in June. Existential was also used to describe the animated character, Forky, when Toy Story 4 was reviewed. Then on September 18, teen activist Greta Thunberg told US Congress: 'I have a dream that the people in power, as well as the media, start treating this crisis like the existential emergency it is.' Dictionary.com crunches lookup and other data to decide which word to anoint each year. The site has been picking a word of the year since 2010. Oxford Dictionaries picked 'climate emergency' as its word of the year, noting usage evidence that reflects the 'ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year,' the company said in a statement.  

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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