Words which a few years ago would have meant almost nothing have recently been chosen by Collins Dictionary as the 10 Words of the Year.
Brexit which was first coined in 2013 has had a 3,400% rise in its recorded usage and comes in at number one on the list.
Brexit (ˈbrɛɡzɪt) noun: the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
Other words to feature include ‘mic drop’ – a theatrical gesture in which a person drops a hand-held microphone as the finale to a speech – ‘snowflake generation’ – the collective name for the young adults of the 2010s’ – and ‘JOMO’ which is the joy of missing out.
The mic drop has become quite the thing this year with Bruno Mars showing us how to do it at the end of his BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance and Obama dropping the mic at the end of his final ever Correspondents Dinner.
Mr Bennett who advises the Education minister used the term ‘snowflake generation’ when describing how students who demand protection from controversial views are the product of a mollycoddled ‘snowflake generation’. He reckons the problem started at school when too many children were protected from the ‘harsher realities of the world’ and then had trouble coping with challenging ideas at university and adulthood. He reckons the solution to the snowflake generation is for schools to teach children not to feel ‘scared that other people will disagree with them’ and instead encourage discussion and debate.