Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Words of the year

From the Australian National Dictionary Centre, teal : “of or relating to an independent political candidate or politician who advocates for greater integrity in parliament and more action on addressing harmful climate change. noun: such a candidate.”

From the Cambridge Dictionary, homer : “This informal American English term for a home run in baseball left players of Wordle who were not familiar with the word feeling confused and frustrated. Tens of thousands of these Wordle players took to the Cambridge Dictionary to understand the meaning of the word homer.”

From the Collins Dictionary, permacrisis, “a term that describes ‘an extended period of instability and insecurity,’” “one of several words Collins highlights that relate to ongoing crises the UK and the world have faced and continue to face, including political instability, the war in Ukraine, climate change, and the cost-of-living crisis.”

From Merriam-Webster, gaslighting : “In this age of misinformation — of ‘fake news,’ conspiracy theories, Twitter trolls, and deepfakes — gaslighting has emerged as a word for our time.”

From voters in a poll conducted by Oxford Languages, goblin mode : “‘Goblin mode’ – a slang term, often used in the expressions ‘in goblin mode’ or ‘to go goblin mode’ – is ‘a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.’” Goblin mode beat metaverse and #IStandWith. I think that in conducting this poll, Oxford Languages was stunting.

I’ll add to this post as more words arrive.

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