YourDictionary Announces "Deep State" as 2018 Word of the Year

Selected Based on a Significant Rise in Interest and Awareness in the U.S. This Year
BURLINGAME, Calif. - Nov. 1, 2018 - PRLog -- announced today it has named "deep state" 2018's Word of the Year. Chosen for a rise in significance and awareness (especially in the United States) over previous years, deep state is defined as "a network of civil servants, military, intelligence, and/or other administrative agencies within a government working to pursue their own agenda, which may be contrary to that of the electorate and their duly elected officials." The increased interest in deep state reflects an important aspect of our current political landscape and this term will continue to be at the forefront of conversations throughout the Trump administration and beyond.

"Lookups for deep state rose more than 70% in one week in early 2018, and it has stayed a topic of interest in the media and with the American public ever since," said Howard Love, CEO. "As more people became aware of government operatives working at odds with the Trump administration, deep state went from being used only in political circles to widespread use with journalists and the voting population in the U.S."

A panel of linguistic experts at chose "deep state" based on increased interest and awareness within U.S. culture, search trends, and use by major news organizations and publications. This year alone, the term has been used more than one thousand times in major online publications, was the topic of many books, and even inspired the title of a new TV show.

While it may have been unknown to you at the beginning of 2018 (63% of Americans say they weren't very familiar with the term in March of 2018, but, when it was explained to them, 74% believe the deep state exists), you can expect "deep state" to be around for years to come.


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