Daily Dot: Oxford names ‘youthquake’ word of the year, forces everyone to use Oxford . “Oxford Dictionaries just announced its Word of the Year for 2017: ‘Youthquake.’ You’re not alone if you’re wondering what the heck a ‘youthquake’ is. For what it’s worth, Oxford defines the word as ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.'” Pretty sure I’ve never heard that term before. They should have chosen milkshake duck.