15 Years After Britney Sang About It, Why “Toxic” is Oxford’s Word of the Year

Pop Culture

15 Years After Britney Sang About It, Why “Toxic” is Oxford’s Word of the Year

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

T

he year 2003 was a full of new millennium milestones that reminded us we were definitely not in the halcyon ’90s anymore. The start of the Iraq War would go on to influence global geopolitics long after the 2000s were over, and PM Vajpayee’s tenure was perhaps the last thing that Indians ever agreed on. Above all, 2003 was the momentous year that our childhood Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, broke out of her cutesy “Oops!” mould, hitting us with an unforgettable single: “Toxic”. Featuring Spears writhing around in a sheer diamond-studded bodysuit, and the string arrangement from “Tere Mere Beech Mein,” the song is a sexually charged, bass-thumping ode to a toxic relationship with a guy that she just can’t resist.

No wonder it became an instant classic worldwide, and would define the word “toxic” for the next 15 years. But, sadly, Ms Spears hasn’t been relevant for a few years now. What is relevant, is the Oxford English Dictionary, which has made “toxic” 2018’s Word of the Year.

READ MORE

Comments