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Watch | Word of the Year-Xenophobia

Dec 01, 2016 01:32 IST
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Dictionary.com came out with the word of the year, which is “xenophobia”. While it’s difficult to get at exactly why people look up words in dictionaries, online or on paper, it’s clear that in contentious 2016, fear of “otherness” bruised the collective consciousness around the globe. Searches for xenophobia on the site increased by 938 percent from June 22 to June 24. The interest was clear June 24, the day of Brexit, when the UK voted to leave the European Union and again when U.S. President Barack Obama in his speech insisted that Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric was not a measure of “populism,” but rather “nativism, or xenophobia, or worse.” (AP)