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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. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.
The national debate can arguably be summarized by the question: Our Word of the Year was exposurewhich highlighted the year's Ebola virus outbreak, shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, and widespread theft of personal information. From our Word of the Year announcement: Xenophobia Inwe selected xenophobia as our Word of the Year.
And so, we named tergiversate the Word of the Year.
Here's an excerpt from our announcement in Unlike inchange was no longer a campaign slogan. In the past two years, has there been enough change?
Has there been too much? Racial identity also held a lot of debate inafter Rachel Dolezal, a white woman presenting herself as a black woman, said she identified as biracial or transracial.
Fear of the "other" was a huge theme infrom Brexit to President Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric.
So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections. Meanwhile, many Americans continue to face change in their homes, bank accounts and jobs. Our Word of the Year in reflected the many facets of identity that surfaced that year.
Things don't get less serious in Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. Despite being chosen as the Word of the Year, xenophobia is not to be celebrated.
Here's an excerpt from our Word of the Year announcement in Tergiversate means "to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.
It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, from politics to pop culture.