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The power of MeToo: how feminism changed the dictionary | Van Badham

MeToo has entered Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary. It’s a rare kind of word, and also a vital one
MeToo was conceived in 2006 as ‘a kind of bat signal between survivors of sexual violence’ by Tarana Burke. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

MeToo has received its fair recognition from Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary, becoming its word of the year.

as an adjective, describing a relation of or to “the Me Too movement … [or] an accusation of sexual harassment or sexual assault”. It also has a meaning as a verb – the action of accusing “(someone) of having committed sexual harassment or sexual assault” – as in, “he has been MeTooed”.

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