It's almost 2017. Here's what's in and what's out.

A trader wears glasses that say “2017” ahead of the new year on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 30, 2016. (REUTERS/Stephen Yang)
A trader wears glasses that say “2017” ahead of the new year on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 30, 2016. (REUTERS/Stephen Yang)

People are saying 2016 was a miserable, maggot rot of a year. With the lies, the hacks, the deaths, the ugliness — but who needs it? Reality is OUT.

Why have “two Americas” when we each have our own personal Americas, handcrafted by clicks.

Block the offensive, block the politically correct, block your mom! Just don’t turn your screens off or you’ll miss the tattered threads of what still unites us: arguing about trivial yet life-or-death matters like what’s IN and what’s OUT.


Stress coloring ... Rage rooms

Chip & Joanna ... Martha & Snoop

Hillbilly Elegy ... Hillbillies

Lies ... Leaks

Camp David ... Mar-a-Lago

Matcha ... Turmeric

All Hadids ... Yara Shahidi

Bragging about “Hamilton” tickets ... Bragging about “Hello Dolly” tickets

Cuba ... Taiwan

Pulling for the Cubs ... Resenting the Cubs

Food trucks ... Sidewalk carts

National Archives ... Museum of the Bible

Brookland ... Deanwood

Ghosting ... Benching

Elena Ferrante ... Elena Kagan

Stars Hollow ... Twin Peaks

“The People vs. OJ Simpson” ... Pennsylvania v. William Henry Cosby Jr.

Cory Booker ... Kamala Harris

Save the elephants ...Save the giraffes

“Lowkey” ...”Highkey”

Slang ... Moms on Urban Dictionary

Teen Vogue ... Clover Letter

Thomas Rhett ... Kane Brown

Panic gun sales ... Panic IUD insertions

Renewal ... Retrenchment

South Caucasus ... Freedom Caucus

Tomi Lahren ... Van Jones

Hatchimal ... Cozmo the robot

Chyna ... China

Visual albums ... Playlists

Contouring ... Chicken Connoisseuring

Getting a cat ... Sharing a dog

#nomakeup ... Clown face

Succulent manicures ... Green thumbs

Bubbles ... Bomb shelters

Tiger Woods ... Tiger Woods

Subscription boxes ... Memberships

Sia ... Starrah

Microbreweries ... Microdosing

Almonds ... Pecans

Apple bedtime ... Prayer apps

Nasty woman ... Wonder Woman

Atlanta ... Kansas City

Congressional Research Service ... Subsciptions to Pravda

Margot Robbie ... Kiersey Clemons

Roblox ... Lightseekers

SoulCycle ... Orangetheory

Daddy ... Papa

Reboots ... Comebacks

Not being able to explain bitcoin ... Not being able to explain blockchain

Whether to pay Kirk Cousins ... How much to pay Kirk Cousins

@publicschoolnyc ... @johnelliottco Faux freckles ... Tattoo brows

Dubrovnik ... Mexico City

Pop-ups ... Drops

Fiddle-leaf figs ... Oversize cactuses

“Pretty Little Liars” ...”Big Little Lies”

Capturing capital ... Attracting attention

The return of Jeb Bush ... The return of Billy Bush

Agonizing ... Organizing


Contributors: Scott Allen, Helena Andrews, Robert Barnes, Matt Bonesteel, Lisa Bonos, Cindy Boren, Bethonie Butler, Tim Carman, Julia Carpenter, Macy Freeman, Caitlin Gibson, Robin Givhan, Neil Greenberg, Sarah Halzack, Emily Heil, Karen Heller, Monica Hesse, Adrian Higgins, Krissah Thompson, Mike Hume, Elahe Izadi, Maura Judkis, Missy Khamvongsa, Jura Koncius, Nora Krug, David Malitz, Stephanie Merry, Caitlin Moore, Amber Phillips, Zachary Pincus-Roth, Sarah Polus, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Roxanne Roberts, Manuel Roig-Franzia, Ric Sanchez, Kelyn Soong, Alexa Steele, Savannah Stephens, Hank Stuever, Ben Terris, Veronica Toney, Emily Yahr, Glenn Yoder, Joe Yonan, Dan Zak, Julie Zauzmer



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