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Word of the Year 2017

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Summary

Susie Dent is joined by a selection of celebrity guests to reveal which prominent term has been picked by Oxford Dictionaries to become the `Word of the Year' for 2017. The usual mix of inventive insults, fashionable portmanteaus and unusual descriptions have formed the shortlist this year, taking in everything from Kim Jong Un's unexpected use of the word `dotard' to describe Donald Trump, to an explosion in the use of the word `snowflake' to describe people with an inflated sense of their uniqueness. Joining Susie to pick through this year's crop of linguistic treasures are Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar, Aisling Bea, Rick Edwards and Jamie Laing.

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Big Society, Squeezed Middle, omnishambles, selfie, vape, <cry-laugh emoji> and post-truth. What’s next? Those are the recent winners of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year. Among the possibles for the 2017 award are “hatfish” (a man who sneakily covers his bad or absent hair with a hat), “broflake” (a white man who struggles to cope emotionally with any move towards gender or racial equality) and the self-explanatory “manfant”. A year when men faced a reckoning, then, although if their awfulness is to be immortalised by lexicographers, they’ll have to see off the Scandinavians and their faddish wellness buzzwords: both “lagom” and “lykke” were big this year.

Before the winner’s revealed by Susie Dent, this programme employs celebrities to discuss the contenders: Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar, Aisling Bea, Rick Edwards and Jamie Laing all chip in.

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PresenterSusie Dent
ContributorJo Brand
ContributorSara Pascoe
ContributorNish Kumar
ContributorAisling Bea
ContributorRick Edwards
ContributorJamie Laing

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Executive producerDonna Clark
Executive producerEmily Kennedy

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