Word of the Year
2017s Word of the Year has been revealed by Oxford Dictionaries and this one-off special explores the meaning, origin and significance of this and other words that made an impact in 2017.
Can you spot a ‘hatfish’ or a ‘manfant’? Do you know the difference between a ‘broflake’ and a ‘snowflake’? Is ‘lagom’ or ‘lykke’ your chosen path to happiness? Do you prefer a unicorn smoothie to milkshake duck? Dissecting the meanings of many of the amazing terms that have come to prominence in the last 12 months are a host of well-known word fans: comics Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar Mae Martin Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing; TV presenters Rick Edwards and June Sarpong; social historian Emma Dabiri; writers Jack Monroe and Brontë Aurell; and lexicographers Susie Dent and Katherine Martin.