We all knew the word of the year wasn’t exactly going to be ‘unicorns’ – not in a year marked by Brexit, the rise of Trump and the death of every celebrity we ever loved.
So it wasn’t exactly a surprise that Dictionary.com has picked a much, much more depressing word – ‘xenophobia’.
The 21-year-old site defines xenophobia as ‘fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers.’
Jane Solomon, one of the dictionary site’s lexicographers said that searches for xenophobia on the site increased by 938 percent from June 22 to June 24, Solomon said.
June 24 represented the largest spike in lookups of xenophobia so far this year. That was the day of Brexit, when the UK voted to leave the European Union.
Searches for xenophobia on the site increased by 938 percent from June 22 to June 24, Solomon said.
Solmon said, ‘It has been significant throughout the year. But after the EU referendum, hundreds and hundreds of users were looking up the term every hour.’