Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter “X”.
Huffington Post announced today that the Dictionary.com’s word of the year is — wait for it — xenophobia. The word itself means “xenos” or stranger and “phobia” or to fear.
On the Dictionary.com site, it is defined as follows:
“Xenophobia and other words tied to global news and political rhetoric reflected the worldwide interest in the unfortunate rise of fear of otherness in 2016, making it the clear choice for Word of the Year,” said Liz McMillan, CEO of, in a statement. **photo credit Tzahiv via Getty Images
The article goes on to say that given the rhetoric of the United States presidential race and the Brexit vote internationally, this should not come as a big surprise. We are a society that is becoming less welcoming of those who don’t look or think like us.
As a lover of words, it is quite disheartening that of all the words in the world, this one would be chosen as word of the year. A word that reflects the world we live in. Think about that.
Today I am thankful
- The invention of Puffs with lotion tissues.
- The Hallmark channel constant reruns of their holiday movies. I don’t have to think, just watch.
- I found my Apple earbuds that I have been searching for.
As the holidays approach, remember to pay-it-forward to someone who may not be as fortunate as you. It could be paying for a cup of coffee, a donation, or as free as sharing your smile.
affectionately yours, Laura