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Friday the 21st of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2017 (YOUTHQUAKE)

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Welcome back, everyone! Today is our last Daily Vitamin of the year. Are you sad? We are... but we will be back in January, of course!

We complete this year's lessons with the final Word-of-the-Year post; the 2017 WOTY was: YOUTHQUAKE.

Definition of YOUTHQUAKE: A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

Example 1: The Prime Minister won because of the youthquake of voters. 

Example 2: Fast food industries are changing their menus because of the youthquake against unhealthy foods.

Why did Oxford Dictionary choose this word? According to the Word-of-the-Year 2017 page, there was a fivefold (5 times) increase in the use of YOUTHQUAKE in 2017, possibly because of the British media's use of the word during the 2017 UK general elections. You can read more at the following link:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2017

That's all for this week, and that's all for 2018, our 15th full year of Daily Vitamin lessons! Thanks to each and every one of you for reading the lessons, for participating in Daily Vitamin challenges and discussions this year and for supporting the Daily Vitamin. We learned some interesting new vocabulary words, expressions, and language. We hope that you enjoy your holidays and we wish you health and happiness in 2019. We will see you in January with more lessons.



Thursday the 20th of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2016 (POST-TRUTH)

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Welcome back and happy Thursday to you all.

Are you ready for the next lesson in our Word-of-the-Year week? Today we are looking at Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2016: the adjective POST-TRUTH.

Definition of POST-TRUTH: Relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. 

Example 1: We can all see that global warming is happening, but in this post-truth world, many people do not care, nor do they try to make changes to avoid climate change. 

Example 2: Sometimes living in this post-truth society makes me really hate social media. 

Example 3: It's been difficult to be an educator in this post-truth society. Parents are always telling me how to teach, and they don't care that my methods are based on research and successful methodologies. 

At the following link you can find Oxford Dictionary's explanation for why POST-TRUTH was chosen:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016

That's all for today. Join us tomorrow for our last lesson of the year: 2017's Word of the Year!



Wednesday the 19th of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2015 (TEARS OF JOY EMOJI)

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Welcome back, everyone!

Today we are continuing our Word-of-the-Year theme with 2015's Word of the Year. But there's a surprise today: 2015's Word of the Year actually wasn't a word: it was an emoji! That's right... the Oxford Dictionary chose a pictograph (commonly called an emoji) in 2015. Specifically, they chose the TEARS OF JOY EMOJI.

Why an emoji? Oxford Dictionary notes that "Emojis (the plural can be either emoji or emojis) have been around since the late 1990s, but 2015 saw their use, and the use of the word emoji, increase hugely." In fact, the TEARS OF JOY EMOJI alone was 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US. (In 2014, these numbers were 4% and 9%.) You can read more here at the following link: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2015

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Tuesday the 18th of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2014 (VAPE)

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Hello Daily Vitamin readers! Welcome back to our last week of Daily Vitamins for 2018.

We are ending this year's lessons with a Word-of-the-Year theme. Each day, we are looking at one word that Oxford Dictionary chose as the word that was the most interesting for that year. Yesterday we looked at 2013's Word of the Year, which was selfie. Today we are looking at 2014's Word of the Year: VAPE.

Definition: An abbreviation of vapour or vaporize; to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

Example 1: You can't vape here. It's prohibited.

It can also be used in the gerund form. 

Example 2: When did you start vaping?

Oxford Dictionary added this word in August of 2014. It notes that "VAPE is also the modifier for other nouns, creating new compound nouns which are growing in popularity." Some examples are vape pen, vape shop, vape lounge, and vape fluid.

That's all for today. Join us tomorrow for 2015's Word of the Year!

See you then.



Monday the 17th of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2013 (SELFIE)

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the last week of Daily Vitamin posts for 2018. This week, we will be looking at the Word of the Year for the past five years.

Each year, Oxford Dictionaries announces the Word of the Year. This is a word or expression that (according to Oxford Dictionaries) "has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months." The word reflects the events or the emotions of the year. 

We thought it would be fun to look at previous winners. We are starting with 2013's Word of the Year: SELFIE.

Definition: A picture of oneself.

Example 1: Let's take a selfie.

Example 2: His profile picture is a selfie of him and his dog. 

The word SELFIE was used well before 2013 (Oxford Dictionary notes its use online as far back as 2002). And of course, people have been taking selfies since we have had cameras. But it wasn't until the years leading up to 2013 that it became a mainstream word, so Oxford Dictionary decided to make this the 2013 Word of the Year.

You can read more about it here:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2013

Thanks for reading!