‘Xenophobia’ is word of the year
Dictionary.com has made its choice.
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The website made the announcement in a Monday statement, where they explored the term’s Greek roots and the history of it’s entrance into the public lexicon.
Dictionary.com has two ways of defining “xenophobia.” The first is: “fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers.” The second definition is: “fear or dislike of the customs, dress, etc., of people who are culturally different from oneself.”
The site said that the term received major interest months ago, when the “Brexit” movement succeeded and the United Kingdom elected to withdraw from the European Union. This was supposedly connected to searches in the term “hate crime,” and reports have suggested that xenophobia and prejudice were motivating factors among certain pro-Brexit voters.
Dictionary.com said that “xenophobia” searches spiked again when President Obama was speaking against Donald Trump during the election.
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