Top 10 words of 2016

Anna Yan, Staff Writer

Anna Yan is an incredibly lazy person who chose to list the top ten words of the year instead of top ten movies or top ten songs because it requires the least amount of work . Please enjoy.


adj. Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year spiked during the presidential election. Perhaps it’s a subtle attack at president-elect Donald Trump’s open-holed arguments. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence.


n. A small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.

More specifically, this one: Image result for laughing emoji vector . I’m not exactly sure how this constitutes as a word, but Oxford named this “Face with Tears of Joy” as its word of the year in 2015. It seems so simple, almost like Oxford was taking the easy route. And yet, everything did seem so much easier last year.


n. A pretentious nonsense.

Taradiddle. Heh. There’s really no meaning behind this one, except it’s a funny word.


n. A Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach won Miss Universe in 2015, but, hey, why would we ever choose to forget Steve Harvey’s mistake?


n. A small nocturnal Old World mammal with a spiny coat and short legs, able to roll itself into a ball for defense.

The first hedgehog café, Harry’s, opened this year in Tokyo, Japan. Customers at Harry’s can chill out with tiny cute hedgehogs while indulging in their favorite drink. Excuse me while I go squeal in happiness.


n. The first Secretary of the Treasury. Also, a smash-hit musical. Just saying.

Despite its conflict with vice-president elect Mike Pence, the hit musical grossed $3.3 million the week of Thanksgiving alone, setting a new record for Broadway. Unfortunately, this means tickets prices won’t get any cheaper (insert sad face emoji).


n. A narrow deep-bodied fish with a mouth that can be opened very wide.

“Finding Dory” hit the movie theatres—13 years after the release of “Finding Nemo.” Worried about its extinction, a conservation group announced that they had successfully bred blue tangs in captivity.


n. A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.

For the first time in Olympic history, a team of refugees was allowed to participate—a decision made in light of the refugee crisis.


n. An ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state…

…but not in this case. No, I’m talking about NASA’s spacecraft, which entered Jupiter’s orbit Jul. 4. This allowed for incredible photos of Jupiter’s crescents to hit the internet.


v. To become or make greater in size, amount, intensity, or degree.

Maybe the most important event of the year: panda (and tiger) populations increased. Those big ball of cuteness are now no longer endangered, thanks to a growth of giant panda being born in China.