Things We Saw Today: “Youthquake” Is Apparently the Word of the Year

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I thought I was pretty in the know but I have honestly never heard of this word before today nor seen it printed.

According to CBS, Oxford Dictionaries settled on “youthquake” as 2017’s big word, which is meant to align with the year’s general mood. They define “youthquake” as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.” (Waiting for the thinkpiece on how Millenials have killed the traditional meaning of the word earthquake.)

I mean … cool? I like the idea behind “youthquake” even though I’ve never seen it before or think it particularly defines 2017 , especially when Oxford’s runners-up included “broflake – a man who is readily upset or offended by progressive attitudes that conflict with his views- and kompromat, a Russian term for compromising information collected for political leverage.”

Quite frankly, I do believe this is more of the year of the broflake kompromat, but you do you, Oxford.

(via CBS, image: Shutterstock)

  • Americans can’t figure out how to stop mass shootings (gun control and regulation), so instead there’s a burgeoning industry of “bulletproof clothing.” Yup. (via Racked)
  • LoTR director Peter Jackson alleges that Harvey Weinstein essentially blackballed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino after leading a smear campaign against the actresses. (via
  • I have to draw some moments from this bot-written Harry Potter chapter. #loudslowsoftbird

    — Megan Nicole Dong (@sketchshark) December 14, 2017

  • Do you love the vulptex, The Last Jedi‘s crystal fox species on Crait? Me too. The amount of work that went into making them is mind-boggling. (via
  • The top of a Christmas tree at Disney. ❤️— Amilyn Ratcliffe (@amy_geek) December 15, 2017

What have you spied with your little eyes this fine Friday, friends?

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