Youthquake's use in everyday speech had increased five-fold during 2017.
LONDON | Oxford Dictionaries recognized the power of the millennial generation Friday with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines youthquake as the "series of radical political and cultural upheavals occurring among students and young people in the 1960s".
However, the word was first coined in 1965 by the then Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland to describe how youth culture was changing fashion and music.
Predictions of a big victory for Theresa May's Conservative Party before the election were based partly on assumptions that most young people wouldn't vote. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, with several spikes that corresponded to various news reports and events.
Angus Stevenson, Head of Content Development for Oxford Dictionaries, told CNN: "We also felt it struck a more positive note than some of the other words on the shortlist - as Casper said, it's great to have a word we can rally behind". Winners are selected due to their "lasting potential as a word of cultural significance".
The word "youthquake" was also used in New Zealand to describe increasing youth engagement in politics there, according to Oxford Dictionaries.
Each year, Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that reflects the annual mood.
"No, it's not an obvious choice". "It's true that it has yet to land firmly on American soil, but strong evidence in the United Kingdom, where it rose to prominence as a descriptor of the impact of the country's young people on its general election, calls it out as a word on the move". "It beat out "antifa", "broflake", newsjacking" and "unicorn", among other finalists in 2017. Oxford Dictionaries states that the political word offers a beacon of hope after a "difficult and divisive year".
Out of the plethora of words suggested and discussed, only nine made it to the final shortlist - before youthquake was crowned Word of the Year.