Year in a Word 2017

The words that defined 2017

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The term suggests one thing to Remainers and another entirely to Leavers

The market’s appetite for acronyms grows as Big Tech remains untouchable

The London tower block blaze raises disturbing questions about UK fire safety

Its use began among black activists before going mainstream

When is a coup not a coup? When the Zimbabwean army is involved

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India’s new unified and nationwide tax system is still a work in progress

Macron swept to power in France with his new movement, but voters now ask where he is leading them

The decline of gradable adverbs reveals we are rather too reluctant to express nuance

Insult from Kim Jong Un of North Korea hit Donald Trump of the US where it hurts

Women mobilised online to share their experiences of sexual harassment

China’s leader takes his position alongside Mao in the Communist party pantheon

A cruel nickname, but given Theresa May’s reputation for ruthlessness sympathy was limited

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