Posted by: Jack Henry | December 5, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Word of the Year

Good morning to you all.

Last Monday, I received an email from the folks at They just announced this year’s word of the year. Each year, they choose a word “that embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months.”

If you followed the presidential campaigns this year (and, really, how could you not?), you are sure to have heard this word: xenophobia.

Here is the definition of xenophobia: fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers: fear or dislike of the customs, dress, etc., of people who are culturally different from oneself

The article states that xenophobia a relatively new word, it only entered the English language in the late 1800s. It stems from two Greek words: xénos, which means stranger or guest and phóbos, which means fear or panic.

If you’d like to read the entire article, click here. If you’d like to hear how the word is pronounced, click here. Enjoy your day!

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

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