The Oxford dictionary named word of the year "toxic"

'Toxic' Is Oxford Dictionaries' Word Of 2018

The word "toxic" has beaten out runners up, including "big dick energy", "incel", and "gammon", for the title of Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2018.

Oxford Dictionaries mentioned the #MeToo movement which has spot a "spotlight" on toxic masculinity.

The Top 10 list of "toxic" collocates in 2018 (by absolute frequency) includes such words as "chemical", "gas", environment", "relationship' and others.

The adjective is defined as poisonous and first appeared in English in the mid-seventeenth century from the medieval toxicus, meaning poisoned or imbued with poison.

Strictly defined as "poisonous", Oxford Dictionaries said on its website Thursday that its research showed that "this year more than ever, people have been using "toxic" to describe a vast array of things, situations, concerns and events", CNN reported.

But while "toxic" may be a bit of a downer for word of the year, at least the runner-ups didn't take the crown.

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"Toxic" is now as metaphorical as it is literal, and is used to describe workplaces, schools, relationships, even cultures as a whole.

That's the view of the esteemed Oxford Dictionaries, the British publisher that has been been defining language - and our times - for over 150 years.

This year is well, toxic. 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.

The terms "toxic environment" or "toxic relationship" was used in psychology as a designation for complex conditions or mental effects.

Ongoing worldwide attention to the case, including rising concern over who has access to the world's toxic chemical stockpiles, ensured that "chemical" topped the list of words most frequently seen alongside toxic in 2018.

'Lending a personal angle to this year of toxicity'.

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