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Toxic is the Word of the Year, its Time for A New Language

Oxford Dictionaries, the British publisher that has been defining language for over 150 years, has this month chosen the word ‘toxic’ as its annual Word of the Year. It argues that the sheer scope of the word’s application to describe a vast array of things, situations, concerns and events from workplaces, schools, cultures, relationships, workplaces means that ‘toxic’ sums up the mood and attitude of our times. ‘Toxic’ also sums up our relationship with ourselves. Too many of us hold ourselves to ransom, heaping loathing, fear, hopelessness, disgust and shame on parts of ourselves. We can find ourselves utterly intolerable. Why is this an issue? When we see one or more part of us as abj