Oxford Dictionaries declared "toxic" to be its 2018's Word of the Year. The word has both environmental and cultural meanings that took on special importance this year.
According to Oxford: "Our data shows that, along with a 45% rise in the number of times it has been looked up on oxforddictionaries.com, over the last year the word toxic has been used in an array of contexts, both in its literal and more metaphorical senses."
Kerri Miller asked University of Minnesota linguist and language professor Anatoly Liberman to weigh in on the word and the two of them took calls from listeners with their own nominations for the words that defined 2018.
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