The 2018 Oxford Word of the Year isn't nice, it's toxic

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That's the view of the esteemed Oxford Dictionaries, the British publisher that has been been defining language - and our times - for over 150 years.

The Top 10 list of "toxic" collocates in 2018 (by absolute frequency) includes such words as "chemical", "gas", environment", "relationship' and others.

Oxford Dictionaries has chosen "toxic" as its worldwide word of the year.

The Oxford team defines its word of the year as "a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language" and makes it choice based on a word that "best captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year".

"Toxic" is the most popular word used by the people in 2018 according to Oxford Dictionaries.

'In its original literal use to refer to poisonous substances toxic has been ever-present in discussions of the health of our communities and our environment.

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Beyond its literal sense, people also employed it to describe relationships, politics and habits.

"But, it's not just the physical that has been described as toxic this year".

From overly demanding workloads to outright sexual harassment, many companies have been exposed as crucibles for such toxic culture this year, which has seen mass walkouts at Google, the fashion mogul Philip Green disgraced, and the Speaker of the House of Commons accused of misusing his official powers to cover up allegations of bullying in Westminster.

The terms "toxic environment" or "toxic relationship" was used in psychology as a designation for complex conditions or mental effects.

'In 2018 toxic has become a potent descriptor for the years most talked about topics adding more and more strings to its poisonous bow.

Last year's word of the year was "youthquake", defined as 'a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people'.

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