Oxford Dictionaries announce Word of the Year 2018

first_imgThe word ‘toxic’ has beaten out runners up, including ‘big dick energy’, ‘incel’, and ‘gammon’, for the title of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2018.Defined by the dictionary as “poisonous; relating to or caused by poison; very bad, unpleasant, or harmful”, the organisation believes the word represents “an intoxicating descriptor for the year’s most talked about topics.”Justifying its selection in a press release, Oxford Dictionaries said: “In its literal sense, toxic has been ever-present in discussions about the health of our communities and our environment with ‘toxic substance’, ‘toxic gas’, ‘toxic environment’, ‘toxic waste’, ‘toxic algae,’ and ‘toxic air’ appearing as common collocates in our corpus data.“Even ‘toxic slime’ has made the headlines – not to mention the continued discussion around the toxicity of plastics.“But, it’s not just the physical that has been described as toxic this year.  Alongside the literal sense of the word, data shows that people have reached for the word to describe workplaces, schools, relationships, cultures, and stress.“Politically, the #MeToo movement has shone a spotlight on ‘toxic masculinity’ while, more broadly, the word has been applied to the environment for debate fostered by the Brexit vote and by the rhetoric of leaders across the globe.“Online, social media platforms, from Twitter to Facebook, have come under fire for the toxic impact they have on our mental health.”Contestants on the shortlist, including ‘big dick energy’, ‘incel’, ‘gammon’, ‘overtourism’, ‘techlash’ and ‘cakeism’ were also considered, but President of Oxford Dictionaries Casper Grathwohl argued: “Reviewing this year in language we repeatedly encountered the word ‘toxic’ being used to describe an increasing set of conditions that we’re all facing.“Qualifying everything from the entrenched patriarchy to the constant blare of polarizing political rhetoric, ‘toxic’ seems to reflect a growing sense of how extreme, and at times radioactive, we feel aspects of modern life have become.”   Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2017 was ‘youthquake’ while ‘post-truth’ topped the list in 2016. The organisation has selected a Word of the Year every year since 2004, with the inaugural winner the noun, ‘chav’.last_img read more

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NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

first_img ×Mayor Nicholas Sacco, with members of the New Jersey Chapter Head of American Muslims for Palestine, attended a recent Palestinian flag raising ceremony at Town Hall. Join the town’s Easter Egg HuntMayor Nicholas Sacco and the North Bergen Free Public Library invite all kids to an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the main library, 8411 Bergenline Ave. Mayor Nicholas Sacco, with members of the New Jersey Chapter Head of American Muslims for Palestine, attended a recent Palestinian flag raising ceremony at Town Hall.center_img Bring hard-boiled eggs to decorate. For more information call (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.North Bergen Police Department to hold community meetings through AprilThe North Bergen Police Department is hosting four community meetings throughout the township in April. These informal sessions are a great forum for North Bergen residents to voice any concerns and discuss issues in person with members of the police department.The program, known as N.B. TAPS (North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy), was initiated last year by Chief of Police Robert Dowd in order to enhance police-community relations. Residents get to meet the officers who patrol their neighborhoods, and the officers learn about any matters of concern directly from the residents.All meetings will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:·   Wednesday, April 19: Uptown Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave.·   Thursday, April 20: Our Lady of Fatima Church, Lower Level, 8101 Kennedy Blvd.·   Wednesday, April 26: Downtown Public Library, 2123 Kennedy Blvd.·   Thursday, April 27: North Bergen Town Hall Chambers, Lower Level, 4233 Kennedy Blvd.Seasonal park patrol job openingsThe county of Hudson is now hiring for seasonal park patrol positions. Mayor Nicholas Sacco would like to thank Freeholder Anthony Vainieri for opening these new jobs to provide public safety.Salary is $14.25 per hour. Must be 18 years old or older, have a valid N.J. driver’s license, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.For more information contact Karen Defazio, Hudson County Parks, Lincoln Park Admin. Bldg., Jersey City, NJ 07304. Phone number (201) 915-1388. Email: [email protected] County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures. For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.North Bergen Library receives major grant awardThe North Bergen Free Public Library has announced that it has been selected as a winner of the 2017 American Dream Literacy Grant, sponsored by the American Library Association and Dollar General. This grant is awarded to libraries to improve literacy services for adult English language learners. The library has been awarded a grant of $10,000 which will be used to purchase extra materials for English language learners and to coordinate the launch of a volunteer ESL conversational class.The library has already designated a new “ESL” section and has begun to purchase new books; new books and materials will also be purchased for various pre-existing ESL classes. The library has also appointed a new ESL volunteer coordinator. This coordinator will organize and launch a new volunteer-run ESL conversational class.Those interested in improving their English by holding conversations with a native English speaker will be able to contact the library and be paired with a volunteer. Those interested in volunteering for the program, should please contact the library or come in to fill out a volunteer form.Report: Meadowlands Hospital may be sold to Long Island business ownerMeadowlands Hospital is set to be sold to a multimillionaire real-estate developer, according to a report on NorthJersey.com. Yan Moshe, based in Long Island, owns multiple surgery centers in Bergen County, per the report. He will only pay $5 million of the $12.2 million bid he placed for the hospital last year, provided the state approves the sale, the website added. At that time, he had filed an application with the state Department of Health, reportedly pledging $3 million in upgrades at the hospital.However, the report said that Moshe doesn’t have experience running a hospital and noted various problems Meadowlands has been having.If Moshe’s purchase receives approval, the hospital’s owners will lend him the remaining balance, the report said. He would also have to pay another $26 million for the hospital’s land, NorthJersey said.Regulators have also reportedly questioned the deal, asking if Moshe has the assets to run Meadowlands, and if the hospital even serves a purpose. Four other hospitals are located within seven miles of Meadowlands, with a combined total of 293 empty, staffed beds.“Please explain, in detail, why Meadowlands should remain open as an acute-care hospital,” one of the state’s reviewers reportedly asked in their questions about Moshe’s application, according to NorthJersey.com.last_img read more

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