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This is why ‘complicit’ is’s word of 2017’s word of 2017 is all about “responsibility and culpability,” says lexicographer Jane..


on’s word of 2017 is all about “responsibility and culpability,” says lexicographer Jane Soloman.

The site defines “complicit,” as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others.”

The company said it picked the word because it’s “indicative of larger trends that resonated throughout the year.”

It also noted the term has been used frequently in U.S. culture and politics in stories about Russian election influence, mass shootings and widespread allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

Soloman, a lexicographer who was involved in the decision, spoke with As It Happens guest host Helen Mann about the word’s relevance in 2017.

How did the number of look-ups for complicit compared to previous years?

Look-ups for the word complicit went up 300 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2016.

Dictionary Word Of The Year

Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word ‘complicit’ as’s word of the year. (The Associated Press)

Do you think the people who are looking it up really don`t know what it means?

I think that sometimes people look up words in the dictionary because they don’t know what it means, but many times, people are going to a dictionary because they know what it means but they want to check to see if it means exactly what they think it means. There are a lot of reasons to look up a word in a dictionary beyond, “I don’t know what it means.”

Now in terms of complicit, I understand you’ve identified a number of spikes in searches for the word. The first came after an episode of Saturday Night Live.

Saturday Night Live made a perfume commercial spoof. It was starring Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump and it was selling a scent called Complicit.’The tagline for this scent was, “The fragrance for the woman who could stop all this but won’t.”

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Saturday Night Live creates ‘Complicit’, the fragrance, for Ivanka Trump


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Now, this is something that I came across in my research as we were trying to decide what we were going to pick for word of the year because it spiked in our data.

It was on March 12, the day after that Saturday Night Live [episode] aired. It spiked 10, 000 per cent. So there was a 10,000 per cent increase in look-ups the day after that aired for the word complicit.

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Morocco-Spain Partnership for 21st Century Challenges



Madrid – Aware of the strategic importance of preserving and developing a privileged relationship looking to the future, Morocco and Spain show a firm determination to build a renewed global partnership, up to the challenges but also opportunities offered by the 21st century, said Morocco’s ambassador to Spain, Karima Benyaich.

Both Countries Are Neighboring And Friendly

“Morocco and Spain are two friendly and neighboring countries, which share common values and interests and which continue to work together to make their relationship an example to follow in all areas,” said Ms. Benyaich in an interview with MAP, on the occasion of the holding in Rabat of the 12th Morocco/Spain High Level Meeting.

It is within the framework of this spirit that fits the speech delivered by HM King Mohammed VI on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, on August 20, 2021, in which the Sovereign called for the inauguration of an unprecedented stage in relations between the two countries, based on mutual trust, permanent consultation and frank and sincere cooperation, recalled Ms. Benyaich.

Responding to the generous appeal of HM the King, the Spanish government has repeatedly reaffirmed its unshakeable will to engage with Morocco in a renewed dynamic to establish a lasting relationship on more solid foundations, observed the Diplomat.

”Today, in accordance with this new dynamic initiated between the two countries since last April, following the visit of the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, to Morocco, at the invitation of HM the King and the adoption of an ambitious roadmap, Morocco and Spain are determined to move forward in the implementation of this virtuous process, by identifying all the appropriate means to give this partnership a serene, lasting basis and an operational character. which will strengthen bilateral relations and create mutually beneficial synergies,” noted Ms. Benyaich in this regard.

In this wake, the Ambassador of Morocco to Spain highlighted the “excellent relations of brotherhood” uniting the two Royal Families, assuring that the “distinguished and privileged ties of solid friendship and mutual esteem between HM the King and King Felipe VI strongly contribute to the consolidation of a unique and exemplary relationship.

Thus, argued Ms. Benyaich, the High Level Meeting between the two countries, which has not taken place since 2015, will undoubtedly constitute an exceptional meeting which will imbue a new dynamic in bilateral relations and will reflect the determination to build a mutually beneficial strategic partnership, under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and King Felipe VI of Spain.

This meeting, she added, is only the concretization of the firm will of the two countries to take an unprecedented step in bilateral relations, on the basis of a clear and ambitious roadmap responding to the aspirations of both friendly peoples.

In this context, the leaders of the two countries are looking into the implementation of concrete actions within the framework of this roadmap encompassing all areas of the partnership and integrating all issues of common interest, in a climate of trust and transparency, said Ms. Benyaich, recalling that, since last April, all the working groups have held regular meetings to put in place the provisions of the new bilateral roadmap.

As a result, the High-Level Meeting in Rabat will reflect this positive state of mind and oriented towards respect for the commitments that drive the Moroccan-Spanish relationship today, Ms. Benyaich concluded.

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Spain Raises Minimum Wage For Workers



New government measure to tackle inflation: the minimum wage will increase by 8%. It is in addition to social aid and various reductions in the country.

The Spanish Minimum Wage will increase by 8%. It will increase to 1080 euros, against 1050 euros previously. This is what the President of the Government Pedro Sánchez has just announced before the Senate, after having reached a consensus with the unions.

The measure aims to deal with the economic and social consequences of the war in Ukraine, and inflation which has also peaked this month. It is also part of a battery of measures to “control the inflationary curve”, specified the Head of State, quantified at 45 billion euros invested in social aid, reductions in public transport or even food taxes.

“Spain is More Resistant to The Crisis”

Because if five years ago unemployment, the independence of Catalonia and corruption represented the main concerns of the Spaniards, today only that of unemployment persists alongside the economic problems which complicate the payment of the bills for many homes.

Despite everything, according to the Spanish Prime Minister, the Iberian Peninsula “is the country with the lowest inflation in the EU and the labor market has reached record figures”. He also assures that “Spain is resisting the crisis better than many neighboring countries”.

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115-Year-Old Maria Branyas Morera: The New Dean Of Longevity



After the death of Sister André at the age of 118 on January 17, Maria Branyas Morera became the new dean of humanity. This American-Spanish is 115 years old.

From the top of her 115 years, here she is at the top of the world. After the death of the French sister André, at the age of 118, on January 17, Maria Branyas Morera is now the new dean of humanity. This American-Spanish was born in the United States on March 4, 1907 in San Francisco. In 1915, her parents decided to return to live in Spain, where she still spends peaceful days today in a retirement home, at the Residència Santa María del Tura, located in the city of Olot, in the northeast of Spain. ‘Spain. “It is an honor to be able to continue to accompany her and take care of her” also explains the establishment in a publication on social networks, which also explains that she is today “in good health”.

Peaceful indeed, his life was not. In 1915, when her parents decided to return to live in Spain, Maria Branyas Morera lost her father to tuberculosis during the trip that took her and her family to Europe. The trip was particularly harmful: during the crossing, Maria Branyas Morera lost hearing in one ear. Today, at 115, the new dean of humanity still has health problems in her ear. The American-Spanish arrives in Spain with her family in the dismal theater of the First World War. It will also go through the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939), the Francoist dictatorship (1939 to 1977) and the Second World War. In the Catalan News, she thus describes wars “very harmful in Europe”. She also has “very bad memories” of the civil war.

“A New Year is a Gift”

In 1931, she decided to marry Joan Moret, a doctor with whom she would have three children, who in turn would have 11 grandchildren.

Her husband died at the age of 72. It was also struck by the COVID-19: “This pandemic revealed that the elderly are the forgotten of our society,” she said. The company, moreover,, the American-Spanish will have seen it transforming over the decades with the arrival of the Internet and its social networks which allow it to stay in touch with its family and even to tweet. The retiree notes, however, that people lived “more peacefully and happier” at the beginning of the 20th century.

And his secret for such longevity? Maria Branyas Morera says she is used to eating “little but everything”, and that she has never followed a diet. The dean also thinks “that longevity is also about being lucky. Luck and good genetics.” She prefers to favor “order, tranquility, a good connection with family and friends, contact with nature, emotional stability”. And to conclude: “Life is not eternal for anyone […] At my age, a new year is a gift, a humble celebration, a new adventure, a beautiful journey, a moment of happiness. Let’s enjoy life together. »

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