Definition of dystopia:
"an imagined place or state where everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one." It is the opposite of Utopia.
I told my brother, "I guess that dystopian is the word du jour." He immediately began to imitate Don La Fontaine reciting his famous lines: "In a world......"
"Fashionable" words come and go after overuse.
In the 1960s, "charismatic" was a fashionable word used to describe JFK; until then I had never known the word. In subsequent years, I have heard numerous words become trendy and then fade away; e.g.: "paradigm", "wonk" and "dudgeon". However, this year, I have been hearing "wonk" used to describe one of the candidates who is known to be detail-oriented.
I have several friends who report to me each time they hear the word "schadenfreude" used (CLICK HERE to see BLOG article SCHADENFREUDE BUG). The "bug" happens whenever we hear a new--or unused--word used and then we cannot believe the number of times we hear it used afterward; we have a compulsion to keep track of and report about the usage.