Global Language Monitor’s 2017 Top Words of the Year for Global English
The list included Current Rank, Word, Previous Rank, & Definition
- Truth (1) — Let’s face it. The conversation is all about truth, or lack thereof.
- Narrative (2) — As GLM noted in ’08, Narratives began replacing facts in politics; a harbinger to ’fake news’.
- Opioids (10) — More deaths than gun violence and automobiles crashed combined.
- Post-Truth (16) — Objective facts are less influential than appeals to emotion or the prevailing narrative.
- Woke (New) — Awakening to issues of social and racial justice.
- Brexit (4) — [United Kingdom] Definition according to Theresa May: “Brexit means Brexit”.
- Blessee (New) — [RSA, South Africa] Those who are shown financial favor through a ‘Sugar Daddy’ (New)
- Non-binary (13) — Gender identity defined as neither male nor female.
- Anthropocene (15) — The current geological time period where human activities have had a major environmental impact on the Earth.
- Latinx (11) — Neologism for the Hispanic heritage of any stripe.
- Ransomware (New) — A type of malware where targeted sites are ‘captured’ and rendered useless until a ransom is paid to the hackers.
- Tradie (New) — [Australia] Short for any worker in the trades: tradesmen, e.g., electricians (sparkies), truckers (truckies), chippies (carpenter) and the like.
- Flip (New) — Any quick financial transact5on meant to turn a quick profit, particularly involving real estate.
- Covfefe — The Trumpian Typo Heard ‘Round the world.
- #Resist — From Latin resistere, from re- + sistere to take a stand
- Appropriation (Cultural) — Now refers to the exploitation of an ‘ethnic’ culture by those of white European heritage.