Youthquake's use in everyday speech had increased five-fold during 2017.
The term was originally coined by 1960s Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, who used it to describe the influence that Britain's youth had on pop culture, but it really caught on this year during the U.K.'s summer elections.
A noun defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people", the word was honored as a reflection of the character of the past year. It regained momentum at the tail end of 2016 and then made a resurgence this year due to the United Kingdom election that saw a huge youth voter turnout.
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Predictions of a big victory for Theresa May's Conservative Party before the election were based partly on assumptions that most young people wouldn't vote. "Never heard it being said, no idea what it means.must have missed the memo on this one", wrote another baffled Twitter user.
It beat eight other words on the shortlist.
Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, held each year since 2004, is a tradition that many look forward to.
So how exactly is the word of the year decided?
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The word "youthquake" was also used in New Zealand to describe increasing youth engagement in politics there, according to Oxford Dictionaries.
It says the phrase has been judged as not only reflective of the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of this past year, "but as having lasting potential as a word of cultural significance".
Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries, described the term as a less obvious choice for Word of the Year in a statement, but asserted it to be the right one, calling it a "word on the move". Many were confused that the word of the year was not a word but an emoji - the face with tears of joy emoji, to be precise.
Last year's word of the year, "post-truth", also raised eyebrows, according to the New York Times.
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The other shortlisted words are antifa, gorpcore, kompromat and unicorn, something dyed with rainbow colours or decorated with glitter.