Term ‘Single-Use’ Is Collins Dictionary Winner for ‘Word of the Year’ in 2018 – Here’s Why

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For six years already, Collins dictionary reveals “Word of the Year” winner and provides a definition of the word. Keep on reading Nexter.org to find out what term got the title of “Word 2018” and why.

‘Single-use’ is Collins’ word of the year for 2018

Another year, another word. Collins dictionary revealed the most popular and influential word of 2018 and it is the term “single-use.”

As the world becomes increasingly aware of the damage caused by plastic waste, more and more people are turning their backs on disposable packaging, bringing the term single-use – or made to be used once only – into common parlance.

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While single-use may have once epitomized a carefree and convenient lifestyle, it has now come to represent society’s worst excesses.

Images of plastic adrift in the ocean, causing the suffering and death of marine animals, have led to a global campaign to reduce its use.

The researches of Collins dictionary have found that “single-use” is now four times as common as it was in 2013, with news stories and images such as those seen in the BBC’s Blue Planet II heightening public awareness of the issue.

Such terms as ‘Plogging’, ‘vegan’, ‘#MeToo’, ‘gaslight’, ‘backstop’ and gammon’ also make the list this year.

Collins has defined a trending word or phrase for six years already.

The term ‘Fake news’ is considered the most used word in 2017 

After frequent usage the term ‘fake news’ by US President Donald Trump it’s popularity raised by 365% in 2017. However, President Trump has not been alone in using it. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have included it in speeches, and social media regularly used it in titles and in their materials.

This term officially defining as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting” and it’s will be added in Collins next dictionary edition.

Helen Newstead, Collins’ head of language content, responded: “‘Fake news’, either as a statement of fact or as an accusation, has been inescapable this year, contributing to the undermining of society’s trust in news reporting.”

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Among others politically influencing words on the short list there are “Antifa” and “Echo-chamber”. “Insta” – linked to the photo-sharing app Instagram – and “fidget spinner” also were used frequently this year.

Other new words that were included in the ranking – “gig economy”, “gender fluid” and “cuffing season”.

Previous winners are:

2016 – Brexit

Noun meaning “the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union”.

2015 – Binge-watch

Verb meaning “to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession”.

2014 – Photobomb

Verb meaning “spoiling a photograph by stepping in front of them as the photograph is taken, often doing something silly such as making a funny face”.

2013 – Geek

Countable noun meaning “someone who is skilled with computers, and who seems more interested in them than in people”.


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