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'Complicit' Is The Word Of The Year In 2017, Dictionary.com Says (npr.org) 68

Dictionary.com has selected "complicit" as its word of the year for 2017, citing the term's renewed relevance in U.S. culture and politics -- and noting that a refusal to be complicit has also been "a grounding force of 2017." From a report: The website defines "complicit" as "choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity." Interest in the word spiked several times this year, Dictionary.com says -- most notably when Ivanka Trump said in April, "I don't know what it means to be complicit."
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'Complicit' Is The Word Of The Year In 2017, Dictionary.com Says

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Why the fuck is this submission on the front page of Slashdot?!

    This submission has nothing to do with technology, science, math, computing, science fiction, programming, or anything even remotely relevant.

    This is shit-tier news that would even be considered pretty irrelevant by most mainstream sites.

    Even as a purely political submission this one is total shit.

    Whipslash, if you still even visit this site, can you please do something about msmash? Msmash has repeatedly put some of the most idiotic, irrelevant

    • by sycodon ( 149926 )

      You Click, They $$

      • You Click, They $$

        That's the thing. Articles like this, you don't need to click.

        Anyway, I thought "egregious" was the word of the year. Seems everyone's using it as a replacement for "very".

    • Linguistics is very geeky, and fascinating for its relationships to everything from statistics to communications which is what justifies IT itself. Get your head out of your ass!
      • by Anonymous Coward

        This submission has about as much to do with "linguistics" as creating a grocery shopping list has to do with programming. That's to say, pretty much nothing at all.

        Yes, linguistics would be an interesting topic to discuss here. But this submission sure as fuck isn't about linguistics, and only a fucking idiot would think that it is.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 27, 2017 @03:13PM (#55632141)

    It should have been dotard

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 27, 2017 @03:20PM (#55632179)

    impeachment

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      President Pence?! No thanks! Best thing to do is leave things as they are and just vote out all the incumbents from the house and as many as you can in the senate. Replace all democrats and republicans with independents. Then, if you get a good speaker, impeach both Trump AND Pence! And drag all their complicit supporters into criminal court!

      And don't forget kids, with reelection rates as high as they are, the voters are complicit in everything the government does.

      • I'm starting to see a common thread of fearmongering about Pence becoming president, and it's really starting to look like an idea that's being ah... Artificially disseminated. Nobody wants to see Pence as president, and the calculation is that we have now become so weary to Trumpism that we will just accept it as the new normal. Painting Trump as the devil we know and Pence as the devil we don't.

        Well, we know both of them. We know how specially and uniquely rotten Trump is, and we know how averagely, stat
        • Trump is worse but he's far less competent. And his awfulness leads to lots of infighting and paralysis in the GOP. Put Pence in, and the GOP will get a lot more policies passed that screw the country (the part that's not rich at least). That's going to kill the nation a lot faster. I'm not willing to trade looking better for being worse.
    • Of who?

      Remember, an impeachment trail requires a majority vote in the house to start it but also requires 2/3rds of the Senate to convict. If you are thinking Trump will be impeached and convicted, you are as crazy as he is. Republicans understand this would be suicide, well, at least enough of them understand this that we'd never get a conviction.

      Then I ask the obvious question.. If you won't succeed in getting Trump out of office, what's the point of taking this huge risk? Last time impeachment happ

      • by Jzanu ( 668651 )

        The long-standing character of the US is at stake, and this is more important than political bickering. As a remote observer Trump has turned the US into Russia of the 90s, and that is not a good thing! The US is the bastion of freedom, or at least it should be. You have monuments to that!

        Now, bobblied, you personally may be a Russian troll brigade member or simply a useful idiot furthering their objectives without consideration of the long-term outcomes. In that case, I'm sorry, I don't care about you

        • Oh please... Now I'm a Russian because I point out that impeaching Trump might not be a good idea? That's rich...

          Could it be that because you cannot admit that your candidate lost a fair and square election to an absolute novice that you are grasping at straws? Seriously, Hillary was an awful candidate and ran a horrible campaign. This election was her's to lose, and she lost it to a candidate that had nearly a zero chance of winning.

          In order to impeach trump, you guys need to take the house in 2018... I

          • "you guys", "your side", etc etc...

            Notice who is the one that needs to get all defensive when "their man" is threatened. The person you are replying to didn't even mention Hillary, and there is nothing in the post to suggest that he voted for or otherwise supported her. Not that it would make a damn bit of difference to his actual argument. You see, some people just like to be partisan cheerleaders, hoping that the star quarterback for Their Team steals the show. And some people actually devote deep, inde
        • As a remote observer Trump has turned the US into Russia of the 90

          Right. These breadlines and salary delays are getting to be a real pain.

        • There are only two paths for Americans: impeach Trump or accept diminished stature on the world stage, in addition to the damage he plans to perpetrate on the homeland.

      • Yup, don't impeach Trump, Party before Country right? At least a few Republicans seem to be reconsidering this, meanwhile Trump and the rest of the psycho part of the party are doubling down by backing Roy Moore no matter how many teenagers* he molested/dated.

        But the best defense against a Trump impeachment has got to be the prospects of a President Pence. He's got all the same awful positions as Trump, but is competent enough that they'll actually get their agenda through instead of spending all their ti
        • In case you haven't noticed.. Roy Moore was cut adrift by the RNC and has been cut loose by nearly everyone in the republican party, nobody is with him now. How's that square with how you represent this issue? Also, One simply cannot deny that this issue with Moore and teenage girls is conveniently timed for his political opponent. Even if Moore did all this, the release was timed for political reasons and that should raise suspicions by all. But we really have no proof of any of these stories either way

          • Trump is with him. So are a few Senators. That most aren't fits with my point, that many Republicans are reconsidering the whole party before country thing that underlies their support for Trump. You're being a bit disingenuous with the comment on timing; it's not that people suddenly came forward on their own, he was for the first time subjected to high scrutiny from national news outlets and the initial complaints were discovered only by reporters going to ask about his history. Local news for state elect
            • Oh? Trump is "with him"? Not really. Trump won't be in Alabama campaigning for Moore or sending him money..

              What Trump is saying is exactly what I'm saying. Moore is a better choice than the democrat. Obviously Moore isn't currently engaged in molesting children now, nor has he been accused of this in the last 37 years. I don't know if he did it or not but he's not doing this now and there ARE valid doubts that the stories being told are the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Given the obvious po

    • That you made this political is not surprising in the least. After all, it was clearly a political statement.

      But this political statement was made by some no-name at a dictionary web site, someone who has even less authoritas to spew their political opinion than the typical musical star or television actor.

  • Do they have a picture of Ivanka Trump to illustrate the dictionary definition of "complicit"?

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