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Youthquake

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:32 pm

• youthquake •


Pronunciation: yuth-kwayk • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: A major social change arising from the choices and activities of young people.

Notes: Although introduced in Britain in reference to the hippy culture of the 60s, today's Good Word might equally apply to the millennial culture today in the US. While the word is too young to have produced any lexical derivational family, it is not too young to have been chosen Oxford Dictionaries' "Word of the Year 2017".

In Play: Since this word was created amid the youthquake of the 1960s, let's start with an example referring to that movement: "The youthquake of the 60s is still detectable in the attitudes toward couture today." However, it easily extends to the political awakening of the millennials today: "The 'blue wave' about to strike the American political scene was set off by the '#metoo' women's movement and youthquake of millennials."

Word History: Today's Good Word is a combination of youth + quake, made by analogy with earthquake. The first recorded use is from the January 1965 edition of Vogue magazine, describing the upsurge of hippy culture in London that occurred in the 1960s. In Old English youth was geoguth "youth; young people", the noun accompanying geong "young". The latter word comes from the same source, a suffixed form of PIE yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor", which also produced Russian junyj "young, youthful", Dutch jeugd, German Jugend "youth" and jung "young". This root also went into the making of Latin juvenis "young" and iunior "younger". John Smith, Junior translates to English as "John Smith, the younger". No one seems to know how quake made it into the English language.
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Re: Youthquake

Postby George Kovac » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:12 am

"Youthquake" is a word that has taken on a horrible relevance this week, especially for those of us living here in south Florida, not far removed from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 souls were murdered last week. The revulsion and anger of the students who survived has resulted in a "youthquake" of articulate young people committed to changing the political circumstances which enable these senseless incidents to recur. Let us hope that this youthquake results in tsunamis of constructive change.
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Re: Youthquake

Postby call_copse » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:38 am

You're an optimist George, I like that.

I tend to just assume the US as a whole is happy with the consequences of allowing easy access to weaponry of all kinds for anyone who wants them. Your country, your deal. Of course I accept many are not so happy but clearly they are not the ones whose voices count most, or they are in a minority. I'm certainly happy we have no such dichotomy here.
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