New Upcoming Slang Word: ‘Wokeness’

Turns out, Wokeness was the most popular slang of 2016, in America of course. So by the time, it travels to India, it takes mostly a few months. I am going to have to shut up my auto correct and dictionary before moving forward. Wokeness is actually a word!

Emma Watson (Hollywood Actress) and Justin Trudeau (Canadian PM) meeting was called an International Wokeness Summit

Recently, the word Wokeness was used for writer and activist, Arundhati Roy. Wokeness is still a slang.

As New York poet Raven Cras explains on Bravity: ‘The phenomenon of being woke is a cultural push to challenge problematic norms, systemic injustices and the overall status quo through complete awareness.

However, ‘being woke’ is not just about being aware of societal norms and injustices. It encompasses the need to search for more knowledge, understanding and truth in order to engage and challenge the negative progression or evolution of society.

To be woke is to be more aware of our surroundings, the country and the world. To be woke is to look and speak against injustice happening to your own and other kinds of people.  India for sure needs more wokeness right now. Otherwise, it is going to be very easy to divide us and rule. We need to see if, what seems good for us is good for others too. And if the things being sold for the larger good are true or not. If we can’t speak three points for and against a particular topic, it’s perhaps time to revisit the topic and arouse a sense of wokeness.


Every time I come forward a new term or slang, I go like:

But then finding the meaning becomes much more fun.

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