'Single-use' is announced as the Word of the Year 2018

plastic water bottles

Collins Dictionary has announced its choice for 2018 Word of the
Year — single-use. This term describes items, often plastic, that
are made to be used just once before they are thrown away. The
frequent use of these items has been blamed for damaging the
environment and negatively affecting the food chain. Since 2013,
use of the word has increased fourfold with a rise in public
awareness thanks to news stories, images of plastic items adrift in
oceans and the global campaign to reduce the proliferation of
single-use items, including the infamous plastic straw.

selects the word of the year after its
lexicographers monitor the 4.5-billion-word Collins Corpus, which
is an analytical database that contains written material from
websites, newspapers, magazines and books published around the
world. The Collins Corpus database also includes words from spoken
material on TV and radio, plus everyday conversations.

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After the lexicographers monitor the Collins Corpus, they create
a list of new and notable words that reflect our ever-changing
culture. Things that rose to the top this year included
environmental issues, political movements, dance trends and

Other words on the shortlist included ‘floss,’ a dance where
you twist your hips in one direction while swinging your arms with
fists closed in the opposite direction, made popular by the game
Fortnight; ‘VAR,’ or video assistant referee, which became
popular in 2018 after being used in the FIFA World Cup;
‘gammon,’ a red-faced, angry person who is the opposite of a
“snowflake”; and ‘plogging,’ or picking up litter while jogging, which
has become successful following the increase in awareness of
humanity’s impact on the environment.

Collins ended up choosing single-use
because of the global movement to kick the addiction to disposable
products and the increase in awareness of how people’s habits and
behaviors impact our world.

+ Collins

Image via Jonathan Chng

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
'Single-use' is announced as the Word of the Year 2018