By politics.co.uk staff
Ed Miliband's "squeezed middle" phrase has been chosen as 'word of the year' by Oxford University Press in the UK and US.
The phrase, who acts as a shorthand for the difficulties of those on modest and medium incomes during the austerity drive, beat 'Arab Spring', 'occupy', 'phone-hacking' and 'podcasting' for the nomination.
"The speed with which 'squeezed middle' has taken root, and the likelihood of its endurance while anxieties deepen, made it a good candidate for word of the year," Oxford University Press spokeswoman Susie Dent said.
"If there was no obvious winner, there was a very clear prevailing mood. Financial hardship and protest on an almost unprecedented scale have scored our language deeply."
Last year, David Cameron’s 'big society' beat 'double-dip' and 'vuvuzela' to win.