youth·​quake | \ ˈyüth-ˌkwāk How to pronounce youthquake (audio) \

Definition of youthquake

: a shift in cultural norms influenced by the values, tastes, and mores of young people

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The 1960s were a time of seismic social upheaval brought about by young people bent on shaking up the establishment. From politics to fashion to music, the ways of youth produced far-reaching cultural changes. Linguistically, the sixties saw the addition to English of such words as "flower child," "peacenik," "hippie," "love beads," "trippy," "vibe," "freak-out," and "love-in." Not surprisingly, they also saw the emergence of "youthquake." The first known use of "youthquake" in print comes from a 1966 article in McCall's: "the youthquake, as some call it ... has swept both sides of the Atlantic."

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What the Rolling Stones were to music, Bailey was to photography: raw, iconoclastic and utterly attuned to the spirit of London’s youthquake. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Drawing Inspiration," 4 Apr. 2019 Quant was a cornerstone of the '60s 'youthquake' movement., "Mary Quant, Mini Skirt Purveyor, Is Being Honored With A Fashion Exhibit," 8 June 2018 There are few faces more synonymous with the youthquake of the '60s than Veruschka, who turns 79 today. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Veruschka! The '60s Supermodel's Best Beauty Looks of All Time," 14 May 2018 The customers came from many nations but only one generation: an inky pan-ethnic youthquake. Jane Kamensky, New York Times, "When Writing a Book Leaves a (Literal) Mark on Its Author," 28 Feb. 2018 That the youthquake may have been a murmur should be little comfort to the Conservatives. The Economist, "A not-so-youthful rebellionThe myth of the “youthquake” of 2017," 3 Feb. 2018 The film's wardrobe symbolized the youthquake of the 1960s and the desire of women to dress in a childlike, girlish manner. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The '60s Films That Every Fashion Girl Should Watch," 27 Jan. 2015 But in many ways, Lewis helped spark the youthquake of the ’60s. David Colton, USA TODAY, "A look at those who changed the world and left us in 2017," 19 Dec. 2017 The basket, said Ms. Marshall, was central to Ms. Birkin’s Parisian glamour, but also expressed the rebellious and eccentric spirit that permeated the youthquake of the ’60s and ’70s. Hayley Phelan, WSJ, "The Straw Bag: An Obsessive, Comprehensive Guide," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of youthquake

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for youthquake

youth + earthquake

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