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dateline: 13 December 2017

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Dictionary Chooses “Feminism” as 2017 Word of the Year

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • prominent: well-known
  • harassment: the act of bothering or pressuring someone aggressively
  • claim: a statement that one says is true, though others may disbelieve
  • the #MeToo movement: a group of women speaking out about sexual misconduct
  • popularize: to make well-known

Dictionary Chooses “Feminism” as Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster, a prominent US , has selected “feminism” as its Word of the Year for 2017. Dictionary searches for the word “feminism” are up by 70% this year to Merriam-Webster. This year’s women’s and harassment claims (especially the #MeToo movement) are both reasons for the increase in searches for this term. Merriam-Webster defines the word feminism as “the theory of the political, , and economic equality of the sexes” as well as “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” The film Wonder Woman and the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale also helped popularize this term in 2017.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is Merriam-Webster?
  2. What does the 2017 Word of the Year mean?
  3. What events in the news caused people to search for this word?

Discussion Questions

Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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