Macquarie Dictionary named ‘Cancel Culture’ as The Word Of The Year 2019
Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year is really two words.
Two rather hotly discussed words, at that: cancel culture.
The word itself is really argumentative. Some have announced that cancel culture doesn’t exist. Some have contended that it doesn’t work. Furthermore, some have even declared that it has “gone too far.”
In any case, Macquarie Dictionary trusts it is a word that sums up the previous year.
“A term that captures an important aspect of the past year’s Zeitgeist…an attitude which is so pervasive that it now has a name, society’s cancel culture has become, for better or worse, a powerful force,” wrote the Macquarie Dictionary committee in a blog post.
On the off chance that people are new, the term cancel culture is, per Macmillan dictionary, “the practice of no longer supporting people, especially celebrities, or products that are regarded as unacceptable or problematic.”
Decent notices for a word of the year included eco-anxiety, which edged out flight shaming, ngangkari, a Pitjantjatjara word for healers, and body positivity term thicc.
The committee is no stranger to picking two words as its word of the year. In 2018, it picked Me Too, and 2017’s word was milkshake duck.
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