Posted by: Jack Henry | December 27, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Word of the Year (2017)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And moms and dads yelling
Till kids are in tears

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Okay, I’m pretty sure those aren’t the words, so I probably won’t be invited to go caroling with any of you. But I do like this time of year for all of the recaps and the stories about things that happened, plus what we have to look forward to in the new year. Today I have the Word of the Year for you, from, which is based on the Random House Dictionary.

Drumroll please!

The Word of the Year is:

complicit (adjective)

1. choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.

Here is some additional information from the website:

The word complicit sprung up in conversations in 2017 about those who spoke out against powerful figures and institutions and about those who stayed silent. It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, from politics to pop culture. From our 2017 Word of the Year announcement:

Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. It’s a word that reminds us that even inaction is a type of action. The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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