In 2016 “xenophobia” earned the distinction. For this year, that honor goes to “complicit.” Dictionary.com named it the word of the year for 2017. The website defines it as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others.”
“Lookups for the word complicit increased by nearly 300 percent in searches in 2017 as compared to 2016,” Liz McMillan, CEO of Dictionary.com, said in a statement. “We continue to see a direct correlation between trending word lookups and current events, and we find it encouraging that our users are dedicated to understanding the language and words that pop up in the biggest news stories of the year.”
No doubt Saturday Night Live helped with the number of searches. The NBC sketch comedy filmed a hilarious parody for a faux fragrance ad named “Complicit” starring Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump earlier this year. It portrayed President Trump’s daughter being complicit with all her father’s controversial decisions.
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