Youthquake is the OED’s word of 2017 – here’s how it happened

Oxford Dictionaries' word of 2017 is political and important – here's why

In June 2017’s general election, against all odds, Labour increased their vote share by the most it had in 70 years, turning what was expected to be a landslide victory for the Tories into a hung parliament and a catastrophic embarrassment for the Prime Minister. The shocking result was thanks in large part to the 16 per cent spike in votes from 18- to 24-year-olds, and was dubbed “youthquake” – a term coined in the 1960s by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. Today “youthquake” became Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year – but how did the youthquake happen, and what does it mean for the UK’s future?