Whitewash, single-use, vegan, plogging among key words “Single-use” was named the Collins Dictionary word of the year on Wednesday, following a four-fold increase in its usage since 2013, in a reflection of increased concerns about sustainability. It edged out “MeToo” and “whitewash” to top the list of 10 new and notable words that “reflect an ever-evolving culture and the preoccupations of those who use it”, Collins said. “Single-use” describes items “whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain”, said Collins. Another environment-related word on the list was plogging, a Scandinavian fitness craze that combines jogging with picking up litter. “Vegan”, a person who refrains from using any animal products, also found a place in the list. “Backstop” is defined as a system that may be used if no other arrangement is made. The word “gammon” — a type of cured pork — has gained popularity as a term of abuse directed at the most reactionary pro-Brexit supporters. “Whitewash”, “VAR”, “floss” and “gaslight” also made it to the list.
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