And the word of the year is…….
Complicit means “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” Or, put simply, it means being, at some level, responsible for something . . . even if indirectly. Dictionary.com
The spike in the word ‘complicit’ spiked three times in 2017.
First, on March 12, after SNL released a spoof commercial meant to make fun of Ivanka Trump’s complicit behavior towards her father.
Second time on April 5, the day after Invanka was asked about the SNL skit of her. She responded that she didn’t know what the word ‘complicit’ meant.
The largest increase in lookups for complicit this year (up over 11,000%) was on April 5. This time, the spike followed an interview with the real Ivanka Trump in which she attempted to redefine complicit. When asked by CBS This Morning’sGayle King about accusations that she and her husband Jared Kushner are complicit in the actions of her father, Ivanka Trump responded: “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.” Dictionary.com
The third time was October 24, when Senator Jeff Flake said he would not run for another term. He stated, “I will not be complicit.” Polling numbers, however, showed that Senator Flake wouldn’t likely win another term.