I’d like to think all my readers are already well aware of the meaning of complicit. And yet Dictionary.com declared it their Word of the Year because of the number of people who looked it up this year.
The curiosity came in three spikes: The first (March 12) was after Saturday Night Live did a skit about Ivanka Trump’s (fictional) new perfume Complicit. The second (April 5) came after Ivanka Trump said in an interview, “I don’t know what it means to be complicit.” The third (October 24) came when Sen. Jeff Flake announced his retirement with “I will not be complicit.”
The story explaining the selection is thought-provoking and worth reading. It makes you ask yourself if, given all the negative things happening in our society these days, have I been complicit by remaining silent?
(And if you were wondering, complicit means choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity.)