I feel like I aged about 200 years since January, so there's got to be a better word to sum up 2018 than THIS. Collins Dictionary picked their Word of the Year for 2018 . . . so I guess this officially kicks off "Word of the Year" season. And they went with . . . "single-use." The definition is "made to be used only once," and it's come up a lot in discussions about how we're destroying the environment.
Things like Keurig cups and Styrofoam containers are single-use . . . but the term got the most play earlier this year when cities, states, and businesses started banning plastic straws.
Some of their runners-up this year were #MeToo . . . gaslight . . . whitewash . . . and floss. Yes, like the dance.
Collins Dictionary was also first on its Word of the Year last year, when they went with "fake news."