Word of the Year 2022: Metaverse, goblin mode or #IStandWith?  For the first time ever, Oxford lets you decide… |  Ents & Arts News

Word of the Year 2022: Metaverse, goblin mode or #IStandWith? For the first time ever, Oxford lets you decide… | Ents & Arts News

Spent a lot of time in the metaverse in 2022? Or maybe you’ve been in goblin mode?

Maybe you support causes or certain people on social media, nailing your colors to the online mast with the hashtag #IStandWith.

These three “words” are the finalists for word of the year 2022 by Oxford Languages, home of the Oxford English Dictionary.

A team of expert lexicographers has narrowed down a longlist of contenders to just three words – but for the first time ever, the public gets the last word.

The winner follows “vax”Oxford’s Word of the Year for 2021. Dictionary rival Collins has already announced his word for this year – “permacrisis”, meaning “a long period of instability and insecurity”; Cambridge Dictionary also announced its word “homer” – you can find out why it annoyed people here.

So which of Oxford’s top three would you choose?

Metaverse – a virtual reality (VR) environment

Oxford says: “In ‘metaverse’ we see the conceptual future being popularized in 2022. From hybrid working in VR to debates about the ethics and feasibility of an all-online future, the use of this word has quadrupled by October 2022 compared with to the same period last year.”

#IStandWith – recognizes the activism and division that have marked this year

Oxford says, “Van war in Ukraineto the Depp to Heard lawsuit, this “word” coined on social media to align your opinion with a cause or person, can often further fuel litigation (and sometimes even hate speech) due to its polarizing nature.

Goblin Mode – the idea of ​​rejecting societal expectations in favor of doing what you want

Oxford says: “Early usage dates back to 2009-2010, but as we came out of lockdowns around the world, the phrase was coined to denote ‘back to normal’ after a bogus ‘quote’ from [Kanye West’s ex] Julia Fox brought the term back into the mainstream.”

For those unfamiliar with the Fox “goblin mode” story, a fake quote from a Twitter user about the breakup of Fox and West was picked up by some news and media outlets after it went viral; a good example of fake news, which actually was the case Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2017.

Voting for Oxford’s Word of the Year 2022 is now open and closes on December 2.

In a statement, Oxford Languages ​​said this year was defined “by reopening” after the pandemic, but that despite being able to physically reunite, “our world somehow feels more divided” than ever.

“In recognition of this shift, we wanted to open the final step of our Word of the Year selection process to the true arbiters of language: people around the world.”

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