Word of the Year Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year. So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections. Change It wasn’t trendy, funny, single word request for rings formation on water was it coined on Twitter, but we thought change told a real story about how our users defined 2010.
The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: In the past two years, has there been enough change? Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs. Only time will tell if the latest wave of change Americans voted for in the midterm elections will result in a negative or positive outcome. Tergiversate This rare word was chosen to represent 2011 because it described so much of the world around us. Tergiversate means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.
Bluster In a year known for the Occupy movement and what became known as the Arab Spring, our lexicographers chose bluster as their Word of the Year for 2012. 2012 saw the most expensive political campaigns and some of the most extreme weather events in human history, from floods in Australia to cyclones in China to Hurricane Sandy and many others. Privacy We got serious in 2013. Privacy was on everyone’s mind that year, from Edward Snowden’s reveal of Project PRISM to the arrival of Google Glass. Exposure Spoiler alert: Things don’t get less serious in 2014. Our Word of the Year was exposure, which highlighted the year’s Ebola virus outbreak, shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, and widespread theft of personal information. From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year.
Identity Fluidity of identity was a huge theme in 2015. Language around gender and sexual identity broadened, becoming more inclusive with additions to the dictionary like gender-fluid as well as the gender-neutral prefix Mx. Xenophobia In 2016, we selected xenophobia as our Word of the Year. Fear of the “other” was a huge theme in 2016, from Brexit to President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
Despite being chosen as the 2016 Word of the Year, xenophobia is not to be celebrated. Rather it’s a word to reflect upon deeply in light of the events of the recent past. Complicit The word complicit sprung up in conversations in 2017 about those who spoke out against powerful figures and institutions and about those who stayed silent. It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, from politics to pop culture. Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not.
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It’s a word that reminds us that even inaction is a type of action. The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit. The Roman Numeral Bowl: Are You Ready For Some Football? Where Do Our Favorite Emoji Come From? Start your day with weird words, fun quizzes, and language stories.
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This is known as definite article reduction. The and that are common developments from the same Old English system. The principles of the use of the definite article in English are described under “Use of articles”. The word the as in phrases like “the more the better”, has a distinct origin and etymology and by chance has evolved to be identical to the definite article. An area in which the use or non-use of the is sometimes problematic is with geographic names. Countries and territories the names of which derive from common nouns such as “kingdom” or “republic” take the article: the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, the Czech Republic. Countries and territories the names of which derive from “island” or “land” however only take the definite article if they represent a plural noun: the Netherlands do, the Falkland Islands, the Faroe Islands and the Cayman Islands do, even the Philippines or the Comoros do, though the plural noun “islands” is omitted there.
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Certain countries and regions the names of which derive from mountain ranges, rivers, deserts, etc. Gambia remains the recommended name of that country. The same applies to names of institutions: Cambridge University, but the University of Cambridge. Barred thorn: the earliest abbreviation, it is used in manuscripts in the Old English language. Middle English manuscripts for “þe” and “þat” respectively.
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Over the course of several decades, Akatsuki took different forms and was led by different individuals. Though each iteration is viewed as either subversives or criminals, all seek to make the world a better place through their own means. Akatsuki was originally founded by Yahiko during the Third Shinobi World War, alongside his childhood friends Nagato and Konan. In time, Akatsuki’s fame began attracting unwanted attention. They were first approached by Tobi, who claimed to be Madara Uchiha and offered to lend his assistance to Akatsuki, specifically Nagato. Yahiko was wary of Tobi and refused his offer, though Tobi claims Yahiko eventually agreed.
In the anime, the other members of Akatsuki were tipped off to Hanzō’s plan and attempted to provide backup to Yahiko and the others. Tobi and Zetsu intercepted them and after a long battle, Tobi killed the remaining members of the group. Easily clip, save and share what you find with family and friends. Easily download and save what you find. Note: This document is classified SANGUINE CAPRICORN GIMEL under Secret UN Security Resolution 187. Unauthorized viewing is a felony under international law. Artifact is a set of seven short spears which appear to have been crudely fashioned out of raw iron.
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When in close proximity, the artifact generates an extradimensional portal of a size and stability proportionate to the number of component spears present. Said entities are highly variable in appearance and capabilities, but all appear unilaterally hostile. This outcome would likely be disastrous, potentially requiring the implementation of Procedure Pizzicato. The infliction of a fast-acting hemorrhagic disease that typically proves fatal within a few days when used to pierce the skin of a living individual. The infliction of a possession state upon physical contact.
Each component seems to house or channel the consciousness of a powerful KTE-2032-Ragweed-Mendes entity, which takes irrevocable control of the wielder’s faculties. All possessing entities appear to share the goal of acquiring the other component spears. Each component spear also possesses properties unique to it. The wielder of the spear may then verbally command the victim. The wounds caused by the spear still inflict a debilitating and typically fatal hemorrhagic illness. Various vermin species, including insects and rodents, are attracted to the artifact, often in improbably great numbers. Type Green entity- most notably pyrokinesis, levitation and the infliction of hallucinations.
In addition, the spear seems to power the abilities by draining energy from the wielder, causing crippling muscle atrophy and eventually fatal multiple organ system failure. No wielder has survived longer than one week. Said portals appear as a wall of fire and roiling shadowy substance, and any individual using said portal other than the wielder is instantly killed by it. The name and nature of the possessing entity are unknown, as the wielder will not speak after picking up the object. The properties of KTE-2013-Golf-Kapala-Mendes are currently unknown. Components of KTE-2013 have proven resistant to both mundane and thaumaturgic attempts to liquidate them.
Any users or cultists in possession of unrecovered component spears are to be immediately liquidated. Direct physical contact with components of KTE-2013 is to be strenuously avoided. Agents who make physical contact with the artifact components are to be assumed compromised, and immediately liquidated. An arrangement has been reached under SANGUINE CAPRICORN GIMEL with the Foundation for the long-term containment of KTE-2013 components until such a time as they can be liquidated. The Foundation is storing the artifact components as ‘Blackbox’ items, and has agreed to turn them over to Coalition agents if an effective method for liquidation is discovered.
The seventh component, KTE-2013-Golf, is believed to still be in the possession of GROUP MENDES. This report is a summary of all information gleaned during a sixteen month investigation into the anomalous religious organization known as the Children of the Scarlet King, code-named GROUP MENDES. During the first four and a half months, our team identified and located six extant cells of GROUP MENDES, three in North America, two in Eastern Europe, and one in Northern Africa. Operative “Hobo” remained as their handler.
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A rough estimate puts the number of GROUP MENDES cultists at around eight thousand, a quarter of whom belong to the main branch in Alabama. They surround themselves with dupes, however: the fundamentalist Christian outer circle is composed of around sixty thousand, more than a third of whom attend churches and church functions associated with the main branch. Also: there has been recent activity in the main branch, apparently related to some prophecy or scripture than Operatives Henpeck and Wookie were not made aware of. A number of high-ranking cult members, along with several cultists suspected of being low-level Type Blue threat entities, have left for an undisclosed location. Operative Wookie reports seeing several items- apparently rusted metal staves, potentially ritual implements- being loaded into a van.
The significance of this is presently unknown. Shortly afterward, Operative Prankster reported that his surveillance had been compromised through thaumaturgic means, and all assets were withdrawn. A Foundation agent made physical contact with one of the component spears, and subsequently acquired the other components and fled. Gorman: First of all, how are you, son?
Blood-covered guy, spotted flying in a Johannesburg slum. Got to J-town around eleven hundred hours. Grey suit, stealth and first-strike capability. We didn’t know about the spears, at this point. We thought it was some wonky Type Green. Fester: We went through the slum where the PTE had been seen. Standard recon- VERITAS imaging with a stealthed drone.
It was in this condemned tenement building- nasty place, wiring all torn out of the walls, rats everywhere. Hot day in J-town, even hotter in that dark, muggy maze of a building. Gorman: Can you describe it, please? What had been dark clothing, that is. It had a half-dozen spikes driven through it- the artifacts we recovered. They were driven through its torso, in a pattern- like they were fanning out of it. The hafts of the spears, I mean.
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Its voice was thick, though, choked. Blood was coming out of its mouth. The Grey Suits didn’t do shit. It looked right at us and laughed. It kept referring to itself with the plural. We are the sons of the king. Then it gestured- there were these, like, glimmers of darkness floating around it- like whisps of smoke.
It moved its hand in some kind of ritual gesture, and those whisps came together. Gorman: What did the portal look like? Fester: Round, nine or ten feet in diameter. Dark, like heavy smoke, but with this red glow coming through it.