'Toxic' has officially become the word of the year - by the estimates of the Oxford Dictionary. The respective message appeared on the Dictionary's official blog.
'Our data shows that, along with a 45% rise in the number of times it has been looked up on oxforddictionaries.com, over the last year the word toxic has been used in an array of contexts, both in its literal and more metaphorical senses', the message says.
The Top 10 list of ‘toxic’ collocates in 2018 (by absolute frequency) includes such words as 'chemical', 'gas', environment', 'relationship' and others.
On many occasions, this word was used in such contexts as the Skripal case, environmental issues, and the worldwide anti-harassment campaign.
'Beyond the more usual substance warnings, this year toxic chemical has had particular significance as the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter in Britain sent shockwaves around the globe', the article says commenting on the frequency of searches related to the Skripal case.
'Our corpus data shows that, after ‘chemical’, ‘masculinity’ is the most-used word in conjunction with toxic this year. With the #MeToo movement putting a cross-industry spotlight on toxic masculinity, and watershed political events like the Brett Kavanaugh Senate judiciary committee hearing sparking international debate, the term toxic masculinity has well and truly taken root in the public consciousness and got people talking in 2018', the message reads.