Thursday, November 8, 2018

Collins Dictionary Names 'Single-use' 2018 Word of the Year via The Guardian


'Single-use' named 2018 word of the year
Guardian: 11.06.2018 by Alison Flood

Collins Dictionary picks term referring to products made to be used once and thrown away as word of the year after rise in environmental awareness
Single-use, a term referring to products – often made of plastic –that are made to be used once and thrown away, has been named Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2018.

Collins, whose lexicographers monitor a 4.5bn-word corpus to come up with an annual list of new and notable words, said images such as those seen in the BBC’s Blue Planet II, in which albatrosses unwittingly feed their chicks plastic, had contributed to the increased usage of the term single-use. It also pointed to increased public awareness of the problems that single-use products bring. The European parliament recently backed a ban on single-use plastics such as straws, cotton swabs, disposable plates and bottles and cutlery; it is expected to come into effect in 2021. The UK is also planning to introduce a tax on plastic packaging.

“Images of plastic adrift in the most distant oceans, such as straws, bottles and bags, have led to a global campaign to reduce their use,” said the dictionary. “The word [single-use] has seen a four-fold increase since 2013.”

The dictionary defines single-use as “made to be used once only”, calling it “a term that describes items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain”. It follows 2017’s word of the year, “fake news”, and 2016’s selection, Brexit. 

The 10 words nominated for Collins Dictionary word of 2018

See the full shortlist for 2018. Join the conversation using the hashtag #CollinsWOTY.

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