‘Existential’ is 2019’s word of the year – and it makes total sense

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Is there even a word for this crazy year?

According to Dictionary.com, ‘existential‘ is the 2019 word of the year – and they’re not wrong.

Coined by existentialists like Søren Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre, ‘existential‘ essentially refers to moments when we question the meaning of our very existence. It’s deep stuff to ponder on, but TBH has anything actually felt normal this year?

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With the impending threats of climate change, global political unrest, and natural disasters, 2019 has been a rough year for mankind – and that uneasiness has pretty much become a shared human trait.

Moreover, Greta Thunberg calling climate change an existential crisis‘ and U.S presidential candidate Joe Biden calling Donald Trump an ‘existential threat to America’ led to over 1,000% word search spike.

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Aside from worldwide doom, existential crises have also been rampant on a personal level. As a new generation is bringing in new ways to break the old ways of thinking, (See: 2019’s best meme: ‘ok, boomer‘), the youth is no stranger to feeling this mounting existential dread.

Unfortunately, the past words of the year weren’t any better either, as Dictionary.com’s 2018 word of the year was ‘misinformation‘ while 2017 was ‘complicit‘.

Despite everything, here’s to wishing that the new decade will bring us happier words – like ‘hope‘ or ‘justice‘. Heaven knows we need it.

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