[Buzzword] What Is Youthquake?

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. 5a33bddcfc7e93af6d8b4568.jpg

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.

Are you a youth?

If so, do you concern about politics?

If not, what’s your opinion about young people’s influence in politics?

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  • Yes I am a youth
    I think they must not influence I. What they cannot

  • Yes I am but I really know nothing about politics

  • Yes i am….
    Yes…i concern about politics…because i am a political student….
    I think it’s helpful for the young people…because at the next generation we have to catch up the political system…

  • Yes I am a youth.I am concerned about politics but I don’t want to influence it. though I think it is every citizens duty to be concerned with politics as it helps us to remain updated and to be aware of what is happening around us. But politics determine our nation’s future, it is not merely any person’s future which can be defied by anybody else, only a capable person should do it. Youths, only to earn fame must not take any decision of the nation because a fault decision can bring the whole disaster. So if you are not a capeble person, not efficient enough or not a self-determined person then you should not take any decision hurriedly. You must be concerned and stay with your nation but being a political person I think is not OK because when you are just a person loving your nation you have a proper affection for your nation but when you will become a statesman your power will inflicts your ambition to be more and more powerful and to conquer your opponents. And this mostly happens in case of youths. And they bring the disaster. So I think after a proper age we can take a step when our mind will be much more shaped, not just like anything which can easily be infected that mostly happens to youths.

  • Yes I am.
    Politicians are influencing youth as well as youth showing their concern about politics.

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