These are the most searched words in 2017 according to the article by the timesofIndia
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017, it is “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”
The site says that according to, “the data collated by our editors shows a fivefold increase in usage of youth quake in 2017 compared to 2016, the word having first struck in a big way in June with the UK’s general election at its epicentre.”
It was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017 as it was one of their most looked up words. There were several spikes in the search corresponding to events, like the release of the Wonder Woman or the Women’s March in Washington, DC in January. It also spiked whenever a case of sexual harassment or assault case was reported or went viral.
The give the definition as, “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests”.
One of the most Googled words this year, dictionary.com defines it as, “a type of digital currency that uses state-of-the-art cryptography, can be issued in any fractional denomination, and has a decentralized distribution system”
While Bitcoins have been around since 2009, they have been gaining popularity in the past few years as governments are acknowledging their value and setting laws for their use.
Indians and all others who follow Shashi Tharoor all had to go to Google to look up this word after he tweeted, “Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations & outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalst”, in May 2017. Google sums up the meaning well in three words- “a confused mixture”.
This is dictionary.com’s word of the year and it also made to the Merriam-Webster’s top 10 words of the year. According to Dictionary.com, “The first spike in searches for ‘complicit’ was on March 12, with a 10,000% increase in daily average lookups. This was the day after Saturday Night Live aired their satirical ad with Scarlett Johansson playing Ivanka Trump, selling a perfume called Complicit. This scent was marketed as “The fragrance for the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”
The second spike was when Ivanka Trump admitted, “I don’t know what it means to be complicit.” the following April.
According to Merriam-Webster it means “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.” It comes from the Latin word meaning “to fold together.”
Again not an English word, hygge (pronounced HOO-GUH) is a Danish word who’s closest translation is a sense of cosiness, comfort and contentment. It comes from a Norwegian word meaning wellbeing and might have similar roots to the word “hug”. The word became popular as many non fiction books were published around the same time teaching people how to bring hygge into their lives. It almost made Collins English Dictionary’s Word of the year 2016 but lost to Brexit.
The name of the Justin Beiber and Louis Fonsi’s irritatingly catchy hit, this word is stuck in most people’s head along with the song. Rather than google a translation, most people looked it up on dictionary.com. It translates to “slowly”, which makes sense given how the word is stretched out in the song.