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

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

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

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

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

A team of expert lexicographers has whittled down a long list of candidates to just three words – but for the first time, members of the public will have the last word.

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

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

Metaverse – a virtual reality (VR) environment

Oxford says: “In the ‘metaverse’, we see the conceptual future entering the vernacular in 2022. From hybrid working in VR to debates over the ethics and feasibility of a fully online future, the use of this word quadrupled in October 2022 compared to the same period last year.”

#IStandWith – recognizes the activism and division that has characterized this year

Oxford says: “From war in ukraineto Depp vs Heard lawsuit, that “word” coined on social media to align your views on a cause or person can often foster further argument (and sometimes even hate speech) in its polarizing nature.”

Goblin mode – the idea of ​​rejecting society’s expectations in favor of doing what you want

Oxford says: “The first uses date back to 2009-10, but as we emerged from lockdowns around the world, the phrase was coined to reject a return to normal after a false ‘quote’ from [Kanye West’s ex] Julia Fox brought the term back into the mainstream.”

For those unfamiliar with Fox’s “goblin mode” story, a fake quote posted by a Twitter user about Fox and West’s breakup has been picked up by some outlets after going viral; a prime example of fake news, which was actually Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2017.

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

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

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

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