“Editors' choice is quite clear: though the word appeared in Ukrainian language only at the end of November, very quickly it became dominant in social discourse. Furthermore, it reflects and sums up social and political developments in the country for the last year”, Myslovo dictionary explained in a statement.
Dictionary editors emphasize on interesting etymology of the word: prefix “euro-” came to Ukraine with its independence in nineties, and is a synonym for high standard and good quality; “maidan” is an old word of Persian origin which means “square”. This literally Eurasian word perfectly reflects country's constant struggle for it's own identity.
Euromaidan lifted up another political word of the year, “titushky”
“Is is interesting to see Ukrainian neologisms entering into other languages. “Euromaidan”
It is the first time Ukrainian word of the year to be selected. The main criteria for selection are word popularity during particular year and its social impact.
About Myslovo dictionary:
Myslovo is a web-based dictionary of modern Ukrainian language and slang written by its users. Updated daily, it is the only user-generated dictionary in Ukraine. Myslovo was launched in November, 2012 and since then grew into the leading source for modern Ukrainian language, including slang, vulgarisms and profanity.