Oxford Dictionary has decided that the word of the year is “toxic.” Of course, toxic masculinity gets a minor mention or credit for its use.
Gee, I wonder why that is? But leave it to politics to wear a word out.
Oxford explained it: (excerpt)
“The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.
In 2018, toxic added many strings to its poisoned bow becoming an intoxicating descriptor for the year’s most talked about topics. It is the sheer scope of its application, as found by our research, that made toxic the stand-out choice for the Word of the Year title.”
Preoccupation…..that’s the word I was thinking of. Wonder what the preoccupation will be with next year? Obsession may be the better word.