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The suffix "ism" is photographed in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, in New York,  Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Merriam-Webster has picked a small but powerful suffix as word of the year: ism. The top isms to earn high traffic spikes and big bumps in lookups on the dictionary company's website in 2015 over the year before are socialism, fascism, racism, feminism, communism, capitalism and terrorism. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The suffix "ism" is photographed in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, in New York, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Oxford Dictionaries has chosen "toxic" as its Word of the Year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

'Toxic' named the official Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — The word "toxic" was announced the official Word of the Year by Oxford.

Every year, teams at Oxford Dictionaries debate on a word that best captures the particular year.

Toxic, defined as "poisonous," was a widely used word to describe the most talked about topics of the year, according to the Oxford University Press.

The word has been used to describe the discussion around Brexit, and the #MeToo movement spotlighted "toxic masculinity.”

Data studied by Oxford also showed people used the word the describe things like their relationship, workplace and cultures.

Other words that made the short list include "cakeism," "big dick energy" and "gaslighting."

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