The Collins Word of the Year 2019 is...
‘Climate strike’新沙巴体育, a form of protest that took off just over one year ago with the actions of Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg and which has grown to become a worldwide movement, has been named Collins’ Word of the Year 2019.
‘Climate strike’新沙巴体育 was first registered in November 2015 when the first event to be so named took place to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, but it is over the last year that ‘climate strikes’ have spread and become a frequent reality in many of the world’s largest cities. Collins’ lexicographers observed a one-hundred-fold increase in its usage in 2019.
新沙巴体育 the word has seen a four-fold increase since 2013, with news stories and images such as those seen in the bbc’s blue planet ii steeply raising public awareness of the issue.
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新沙巴体育from the word of the year itself, climate strike, which embodies a positive response to a grave crisis, to hopepunk, an upbeat genre of storytelling, it seems that optimism has entered this year’s word list.Read more
This year, Collins Dictionary has also issued the Brexicon新沙巴体育, a list of words related to Brexit and how the country, its people and politicians have reacted to it.Read more
新沙巴体育as ever, the rich tapestry of language provides a varied word of the year 2019 list with political, as well as social media and societal words to consider.Read more