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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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And the winner is …

On August 11th something novel happened. Someone I know won a Hugo Award. They actually flew to Worldcon75 in Helsinki, Finland walked on the stage and gave a speech. I about fell over in shock and pride and just WOW! One views awards like the Hugo, the Nebula, the Rita, the Edgar and all the others as unattainable awards that are won by other people, then someone you know wins and the paradigm changes.

It is attainable, it is aspirable, it is possible. A warm thought for lonely days in front of a white screen.

Looking for a good read – here are the best by popular vote from Worldcon 75

Best Novel – The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
Best Novella – Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
Best Novelette – The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
Best Short Story – Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
Best Related Work – Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
Best Graphic Story – Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
Best Editor, Short Form – Ellen Datlow
Best Editor, Long Form – Liz Gorinsky
Best Semiprozine – Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios
Best Fanzine – Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
Best Fan Writer – Abigail Nussbaum
Best Series – The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
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The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer – Ada Palmer

Full listing including the runners-up here: http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2017-hugo-awards/

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