2018 is the year of the woeful world leader

Several countries are mismanaged by the worst crop of world leaders in recent memory

The dictionaries have decided on their 2018 words of the year.

Oxford picked "toxic". Merriam-Webster went for "justice". Collins chose "single-use". I'd zero in on "misgovernment".


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 30, 2018, with the headline '2018 is the year of the woeful world leader'. Print Edition | Subscribe