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Word of the Year 2017


WOTY, aka the Word of the Year, is given by various organizations and highlight language which reflect the popular discourse.

Planeta.com: Makarrata, the coming together after a struggle.

From the Uluru Statement: “We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination. We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.”

Note – Australia is not unique in the need for coming together after a struggle. To continued conversations and actions in favor of coming together.

Other nominees: Autonomous Vehicle (AV), Bike Share, Cocineras Tradicionales, Dockless, Dog Park, Ghost Bike, Overtourism, Phatic Journalism, Tree Blindness, World Building, Xennials

Planeta.com honorable mentions:

Macquarie Dictionary
Macquarie Dictionary : Milkshake Duck

Dictionary.com chose the word ‘Complicit‘ as its 2017 Word of the Year.

Complicit means “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing. Or, put simply, it means being, at some level, responsible for something . . . even if indirectly. Silence does not always equal complicity. We also must consider the very real reasons why we choose not to speak out. This includes fear of retaliation, fear of endangering one’s safety or the safety of loved ones, or knowledge that nothing will change. Silence may come from a place of self-preservation. Those whose lives have been negatively impacted by assault or violence or social injustices don’t owe their stories to anyone. It’s important to remember that sometimes speaking out is a privilege in itself. Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. It’s a word that reminds us that even inaction is a type of action. The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit.”



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