Did You Know?

Froideur

Coolness or extreme reserve in manner. Also in the top 10 foreign words that are now in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Youthquake

Oxford Dictionaries 2017 word of the year meaning “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”.

50%

America has 4.4% of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world.

Ikigai

The Japanese concept that offers a new perspective on finding happiness, roughly meaning ‘a reason to live’, or ‘the happiness of being always busy’.

1/5

The ratio of male fish that are now transgender due to chemicals from contraceptive pills being flushed down household drains.

10,000

The supposed number of steps to take in a day… is an arbitrary number made up in a 1960s Japanese study?

Otherkin

Denoting or relating to people who identify as non-human. One of 300 words that has just been added to the English Dictionary!

CRISPR

The gene editing technique that could help eradicate health conditions and bring back the woolly mammoth!

Hygge

Described as “coziness of the soul,” and for the Danes—who are considered the happiest people on the planet—it’s a way of life. Here’s how to get it.

50%

The average patient now takes antidepressants for 50 per cent longer than they did in the 1990s.

Ekiben-tetsu

Japanese lovers of the exquisite bento lunchboxes sold at train stations. Trainspotting taken to a whole new level!

Surreal

Merriam-Webster’s “word of the year.” Never before have so many people felt compelled to look it up on their dictionary as they did in 2016.

Post-Truth

Oxford Dictionaries 2016 “word of the year” is an adjective meaning when “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.