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Word of the Year for 2012. 2012 saw the most expensive political campaigns and some of the most extreme weather events in human history, from floods in Australia to cyclones in China to Hurricane Sandy and many others. We got serious in 2013. Edward Snowden’s reveal of Project PRISM to the arrival of Google Glass. Spoiler alert: Things don’t get less serious in 2014. Ebola virus outbreak, shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, and widespread theft of personal information. From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year.

Racial identity also held a lot of debate in 2015, after Rachel Dolezal, a white woman presenting herself as a black woman, said she identified as biracial or transracial. Fear of the «other» was a huge theme in 2016, from Brexit to President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Despite being chosen as the 2016 Word of the Year, xenophobia is not to be celebrated. Rather it’s a word to reflect upon deeply in light of the events of the recent past. 2017 about those who spoke out against powerful figures and institutions and about those who stayed silent. It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, from politics to pop culture.

Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. It’s a word that reminds us that even inaction is a type of action. The silent acceptance of wrongdoing is how we’ve gotten to this point. We must not let this continue to be the norm. If we do, then we are all complicit. What The Nog: What’s Eggnog? Who’s to Blame for English Spelling?

Sign up for our Newsletter! Start your day with weird words, fun quizzes, and language stories. This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms. Pam Johnson-bennett is a best-selling author and a popular and highly regarded cat behavior expert, offering solutions to common cat and kitten related issues and problems. Powered by Slider Revolution 5. Pam Johnson-Bennett is the best-selling author of 10 books.

She is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting and has influenced many practicing in the field today. Pam began making house calls to work with clients on cat behavior problems in 1982 and had her first book published in 1990. Since then, she has led the way as an inspiration and mentor to many in the cat behavior profession and her books have been used as texts for professional behavior courses. Pam Johnson-Bennett was vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and founded the IAABC Cat Division where she served as its longtime chair for 8 years. Pam served on the American Humane Association’s Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and was also a member of the American Humane Association’s Cat health and Welfare Forum. She served on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society and has also worked with the Winn Feline Foundation.

To the cat behavior professionals in the field today, Pam Johnson-Bennett has been a mentor and leader since she first paved the way in the early 1980s. Much of the information you read on the websites of shelters, animal welfare organizations and behavior experts as well as what you see on cat-related TV shows came from Pam’s books, articles and lectures. You can easily see her influence in the current books on cat behavior that are on the market today. 1 best-selling cat training book on Amazon. This unique national book tour took Pam to some of the most popular cat cafes in the United States to meet fans and sign copies of her book. The tour was designed to bring attention to the increasing popularity of cat cafes and how they help in promoting cat adoption. 1000 meals to each of the shelters associated with the cat cafes on every stop on the tour.

Pam kicked off the tour with a a national press conference at the 2017 Global Pet Expo. Pam also travels extensively as a featured speaker on cat behavior, training and shelter issues at veterinary and animal welfare conferences, pet expos, and book festivals internationally. Pam makes numerous appearances on national television and radio. Friends, National Geographic, AM Canada, Animal Planet Radio, and many more shows. Pam, along with the Today Show’s Lou Manfredini and celebrity designer Frank Beilec, designed the Ultimate Cat Habitat that was unveiled to national media. The Habitat was created to showcase a cat’s need for environmental enrichment and stimulation. She then went on a national tour to demonstrate how to create cat-friendly environments and provide enrichment for indoor cats. This tour educated cat parents about the environmental needs of cats long before creating cat-friendly decor was popular. Pam, along with country superstar Leann Rimes, was also the spokesperson for the prototype cageless shelter that was created at Northshore Animal League in New York. The cageless environment was designed to encourage cats in the shelter environment to enjoy living in social groups to reduce stress and promote adoption.