Youthquake is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017.
It is a blend of youth and earthquake. It refers to significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.
The first recorded use is from the January 1965 edition of the magazine Vogue, describing the upsurge of youth culture in London that occurred in the 1960s, especially as reflected in the changing fashion of the period. The word was apparently coined by Diana Vreeland, then editor-in-chief of Vogue. She wrote, “The year’s in its youth, the youth in its year. More dreamers. More doers. Here. Now. Youthquake 1965.”
Vreeeland coined youthquake based on the pattern of earthquake to describe the youth led fashion and music movement which saw the baby boomer(someone who was born during a baby boom, especially during the years after the end of the Second World War) generation reject the traditional values of their parents.
As in 2017, the UK was at the heart of the youthquake. One of the likely reasons for Oxford Dictionaries’ choice is the influence young people had in winning so many votes for Jeremy Corbyn during the general election in June.
Youthquake is a word of awakening, a word imbued with hope. Hope that our polarized times are creating a more open-minded electorate that will exercise its voice in the times ahead.
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