People’s Word of 2018: Cast your vote!

The team at Cambridge Dictionary have shortlisted four words that were added to the dictionary this year, and we would like YOU to tell us which of these words best sums up 2018.

There are over 100,000 words and meanings in the Cambridge Dictionary, but we are constantly adding to these, with almost 2,000 new words and updated definitions every year.

The four words we have shortlisted for the People’s Word of 2018 are:

nomophobia noun
fear or worry at the idea of being without your mobile phone or unable to use it

gender gap noun
a difference between the way men and women are treated in society, or between what men and women do and achieve

no-platforming noun
the practice of refusing someone an opportunity to make their ideas or beliefs known publicly, because you think these beliefs are dangerous or unacceptable

ecocide noun
destruction of the natural environment of an area, or very great damage to it

Cast your vote below or on our Twitter poll @CambridgeWords! Voting will close at 23:59 GMT on Sunday 25 November and the People’s Word of 2018 will be announced soon after.

Want to know more about how we select new words and definitions? Take a look at this two-minute animation on our YouTube channel.

3 thoughts on “People’s Word of 2018: Cast your vote!

  1. IworshiptheLord

    I voted for “ecocide”, because it sums up very well this year (like the last years, besides) and it is very important ; even if the word “nomophobia” becomes more and more true for young people.

    We are ALL concerned by the ecocide, and it is more important than the nomophobia -who can be managed, whilst ecocide can’t always be avoided.

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