Youthquake is the 2017 Oxford Dictionary Word of the year. We will examine the definition of the word youthquake, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A youthquake is significant change due to the influence of young people, in the realm of politics, culture, etc. Interestingly, the term youthquake goes back to the mid-1960s, coined by the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Diana Vreeland. The idea is that much of American culture at the time was being driven by the Baby Boomer generation, which was quite young at the time. The word youthquake is a portmanteau of the words youth and earthquake. A portmanteau is a word that is composed by blending the sounds and the meaning of two different words. Youthquake was chosen as word of the year by the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary due to its increase in use during 2017, particularly to describe the political and social events in the United Kingdom during the year.


The “youthquake” behind Labour’s general election surge extended to the under-45s, according to authoritative Ipsos Mori estimates of how Britain voted published on Tuesday. (The Guardian)

Of course, forecasts and speculations about a possible youthquake have been in motion for a many months, especially following the surge of young people voting in the UK, and the fact that they appear to have voted overwhelmingly for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. (The New Zealand Herald)

Johnny’s rebelliousness may no longer be connected to a youthquake, but it still means something. (The New York Times)

Anyway, the so-called youthquake is said to be responsible for Corbyn only losing the election by just under 60 seats, as opposed to the 60,000 predicted when Theresa May had the bright idea of calling a snap election without consulting a single member of her cabinet. (The Telegraph)

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