February 3, 2023

As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to look back and reflect on the past 12 months. Each year during this time, the Oxford English Dictionary shares its Word of the Year, which aptly sums up the mood and ethos of that particular year. But for the first time in the history of Oxford English Dictionary, this year’s Word of the Year 2022 was chosen by public vote. And people voted ‘Goblin Mode’ as Oxford Word of the Year 2022!

More than 300,000 people voted in the past two weeks to choose the Oxford Word of the Year 2022.

“‘Goblin mode’ – a slang term, often used in the phrases ‘going into goblin mode’ or ‘going into goblin mode’ – is ‘a type of behavior that is unashamedly self-indulgent, lazy, sloppy, or greedy, usually in a way that rejects social norms or expectations,” reads a statement on the Oxford Languages ​​website.

The word “goblin mode” first appeared on Twitter in 2009, but went viral on social media in February this year. The reason: It was used in a mock headline, involving actress-model Julia Fox, and a popular Reddit post describing someone acting like a leprechaun. “The term gained popularity in the following months as Covid lockdown restrictions eased in many countries and people moved out of their homes more often. normal life,” or rebelled against the increasingly unattainable aesthetic norms and unsustainable lifestyles showcased on social media,” reads a statement on the website.

While “Goblin Mode” was chosen as the 2022 Oxford word of the year, the other two contenders for public voting were “metaverse,” which took second place, and “#IStandWith,” which took third place.

Commenting on ‘Goblin Mode’ being the winner of this year’s Oxford Word of the Year award, Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, said in a statement: “We hoped the public would enjoy joining the process involved, but this level of involvement with the campaign took us completely by surprise. The power of response highlights how important our vocabulary is to understanding who we are and processing what is happening to the world around us. Given the year we’ve just been through, “Goblin Mode” resonates with all of us feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment. It’s a relief to recognize that we’re not always the idealized, composite selves we’re encouraged to showcase on our Instagram and TikTok feeds. This has been demonstrated by the dramatic rise of platforms like BeReal, where users share images of their raw selves, often capturing self-indulgent moments in goblin mode. People are embracing their inner goblin, and voters who choose ‘goblin mode’, as the Word of the Year tells us, will likely stick with the concept.”

Past Oxford Word of the Years include vax in 2021, climate emergency in 2019 and selfie in 2013.

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