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Oxford Dictionary Word Of The Year |squeezed Middle|

November 30, 2011 by staff 

Oxford Dictionary Word Of The Year |squeezed Middle|, It’s that time of year again: lexicographers from the Oxford English Dictionary have come together to pick the one word or phrase that defines the past 12 months.

2011 is the year of the “squeezed middle,” as suggested by British Labour Party politician Ed Miliband. OED compilers from both the U.S. and the U.K. came together to review the buzzwords that “captured the flavor of the year”—including occupy, podcasting, hacktivisim, Arab Spring, and an OED judge’s favorite, “bunga bunga”—used in reference to Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s scandalous parties.

Miliband discussed the word on BBC’s Radio 4 earlier this year, where he failed to clearly define who the “squeezed middle” exactly included, saying it referred to people “around the average income, but below and above the average income.” This obviously includes just about everyone, and after being called out by host John Humphrys, Miliband clarified: “I’m not talking about people on benefits, I’m not talking about people on six-figure salaries either; I’m talking about the broad middle class in this county who find themselves financially hard-pressed.”

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