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Word of the year 2017: "Complicit". Trump related.


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Look-ups of the word increased nearly 300% over the last year, lexicographer Jane Solomon said.

 

“This year a conversation that keeps on surfacing is what exactly it means to be complicit,” she said. “Complicit has sprung up in conversations about those who speak out against powerful figures in institutions, and those who stay silent.”

 

The first of three major spikes for the word struck on 12 March, the day after Saturday Night Live aired a sketch starring Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump in a glittery gold dress peddling a fragrance called “Complicit” because: “She’s beautiful, she’s powerful, she’s complicit.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/27/word-of-the-year-2017-dictionarycom-says-complicit-topped-totality

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