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Oxford Dictionaries reveal word of the year is TOXIC

Oxford Dictionaries reveal word of the year is TOXIC

Oxford Dictionary chose "toxic" as its 2018 word of the year, citing an increase in website lookups and use alongside other words - like "masculinity" and "chemical". Toxic masculinity has been on the tip of the tongue amid media reports on the #MeToo movement and allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

Some of the short listed words include 'gaslighting, ' 'incel, ' 'cakeism, ' and 'big dick energy'.

The adjective is defined as poisonous and first appeared in English in the mid-seventeenth century from the medieval toxicus, meaning poisoned or imbued with poison.

The Oxford team defines its word of the year as "a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language" and makes it choice based on a word that "best captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year".

"But, it's not just the physical that has been described as toxic this year".

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But Oxford Dictionaries said their research showed the word had been used in a variety of different contexts- with a 45 per cent increase in searches of the term on their website.

Defined by the dictionary as "poisonous; relating to or caused by poison; very bad, unpleasant, or harmful", the organisation believes the word represents "an intoxicating descriptor for the year's most talked about topics".

The use of the characteristics of a "toxic" along with the words "air", "environment", "waste" and so on - is concerned with the problem of air pollution and the environment.

Air pollution has rapidly become a prime public health concern, and global attention reached a high in October 2018 when the World Health Organization published its report into the quality of air breathed by children worldwide.

"Toxic" beat a host of politically-charged shortlisted words, in reflection of the changing relationship between political structures and society across the globe.