2017 Word of the Year

Unlike the wishes of the French – language evolves and changes over time. New words develop as new concepts, inventions, and discoveries require them. Every year the dictionary editors pick words of the year to recognize a word which is new in its usage or has risen to new prominence, to capture the mood or tone of the year.

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Oxford Dictionary 2017 word of the year – Youthquake is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”.  The Millenials are fighting back; they are a massive generation and will shape the world in their youthquake.  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/youthquake-named-oxford-dictionaries-word-11699154 The editors liked it because it had a hopeful ring to it.

Collins Dictionary 2017 word of the year – Fake News   Personally, I despise the term; it dances around the matter of fictional news or just erroneous. Just as Ronald Regan had “misinformation”. When I grew up, it was simply called lying.   https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/woty Contest for a Fake news Mug on the page if you scroll down.

American Merriam-Webster 2017 word of the year- Feminism. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/feminism-is-merriam-websters-2017-word-of-the-year-w513927  Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large for Merriam-Webster, said  “ when we look back at the past twelve months and combine an analysis of words that have been looked up much more frequently than during the previous year along with instances of intense spikes of interest because of news events, we see that one word stands out in both categories.”  https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/nation-now/2017/12/12/merriam-webster-names-feminism-its-word-year/943466001/

Dictionary.com chooses “complicit” as its 2017 word of the year.   “The site defines the word as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act” and “having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” http://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-year-2017/ http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/27/world/complicit-dictionary-word-year-2017-trnd/index.html

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Rewrite Your Life author comes to Atlanta

Jessica had soul crippling tragedy in her life. Over time she learned to use her writing to recover and reassert control. Her words resonated with me.  In her book Rewrite Your Life, Lourey suggests you take a moment in your life that haunts you and fictionalize it, work through it, perhaps change the result.  If you are a writer in the  South East region, you won’t want to miss her workshop in February. You will be amazed at how it helps add depth to your characters and how it changes how you view your life.

Jessica Lourey, a multi-genre author and creative writing professor, will present “Write and Sell your Novel: From Idea to Publication.” Appearing courtesy of Sisters in Crime’s Speak Bureau, the event will be held at The Decatur Library (Decatur, GA) on Saturday, February 10th from 8:30-4:00.  The $40 registration fee includes all materials, lunch, and refreshments. Sisters in Crime members receive a $10 discount. Reserve a copy of her book “Rewrite Your Life” for $10 with your online registration Register at www.SinCAtlanta.com/Workshop. Space limited to the first 50 who register.

Event information: www.SinCAtlanta.com or Meetup on https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Atlanta-Chapter/events/243336053/

Jessica Lourey:  JessicaLourey.com    Jessica’s workshop information JessicaLourey.com/workshops

Jessica’s TedX talk :  Youtube – Tedx Jessica Lourey “Use Fiction to rewrite your life”

And her article about the experience “Why I won’t watch my Tedx Talk”


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I am the 2018 President of the Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime. If you have questions about Sisters in Crime (yes, men are welcome), or would like to join, https://www.sincatlanta.com/contact. We have monthly virtual events, so we have members over six states. If you love to write mystery, thriller or suspense, we’d love to meet you.


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