The Oxford Dictionary has selected its word of the year as the word ‘toxic’.
The dictionary said that use of the word increased this year.
Beyond its real meaning, people also used it to describe relationships, politics and habits.
The word beat other shortlisted possibilities, including ‘gas-lighting’ and ‘orbiting’.
Toxic succeeds last year’s word of the year, youthquake, which recognised the millennial generation’s power.
Each year the Oxford Dictionary chooses one word that has grown in its use.