“Single-use” named 2018 word of the year
“Single-use” has been named by Collins Dictionary as its 2018 word of the year.
The word came out on top ahead of a shortlist including “VAR” (video assistant referee), “plogging” – meaning to pick up litter while jogging – and the Fortnite-inspired “floss” dance.
Other shortlisted words were “gammon”, defined as “a person, typically male, middle-aged, and white, with reactionary views, especially one who supports the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union”, and “vegan”.
Collins said that the word “single-use” has become four times more popular since 2013 and cited the popularity of programmes such as BBC One’s Blue Planet 2 as a factor.
The dictionary said that news stories and images seen in television documentaries and news reports had played a part in “steeply raising public awareness of the issue”.
According to Collins, “single-use refers to products – often plastic – that are ‘made to be used once only’ before disposal.” This can include products used worldwide every day, such as bottles, straws and bags – the improper disposal of which is common and can have dire effects on the environment.
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