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|Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:03 am Post subject: OED Word of the Year expanded for 'unprecedented' 2020
This year has seen so many seismic events that Oxford Dictionaries has expanded its word of the year to encompass several "Words of an Unprecedented Year". Its words are chosen to reflect 2020's "ethos, mood, or preoccupations".
They include bushfires, Covid-19, WFH, lockdown, circuit-breaker, support bubbles, keyworkers, furlough, Black Lives Matter and moonshot.
Use of the word pandemic has increased by more than 57,000% this year.
Casper Grathwohl, the president of Oxford Dictionaries, said: "I've never witnessed a year in language like the one we've just had. The Oxford team was identifying hundreds of significant new words and usages as the year unfolded, dozens of which would have been a slam dunk for Word of the Year at any other time.
"It's both unprecedented and a little ironic - in a year that left us speechless, 2020 has been filled with new words unlike any other."It's inevitable that the pandemic should have rescued old words (coronavirus), super-charged some that were loitering in our culture (furlough), and - in the case of Covid - created a neologism.
What's more striking to me is how the news cycle generates new phrases and usages.
Black Lives Matter - BLM - was in usage before George Floyd was killed; but today it has penetrated our public domain as never before. So too mail-in and conspiracy theory - not because the conspiracy theories about mail-in ballots are new or true, but rather because they are espoused by the most famous person in the world, in Donald J Trump.
Yet the news cycle is a fickle friend, and sometimes not even a friend. That usage of Brexit should be down by 80% even as we enter its most critical phase shows that, sadly, the limited bandwidth of news programmes and human attention can harm priorities.
Isn't now exactly the moment when we should be using Brexit more than ever? สล็อต true wallet เครดิตฟรี
Oxford University Press said it used "evidence-based data" to explore this year's language developments.
"We saw new words emerge, and historical words resurface with new significance, as the English language developed rapidly to keep pace with the political upheaval and societal tensions that defined the year," they added.