Public vote to decide Oxford word of the year for first time – BBC

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The Oxford word of the year is to be decided by the public for the first time.
The options for 2022 are metaverse, #IStandWith and the phrase goblin mode.
They were chosen by a team of lexicographers from Oxford University Press – the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary – who felt they were "each relevant to the year in a different way".
Language lovers have until 2 December to decide.
So, what do the three different terms mean?
The opening of the vote to the public is a significant move, and organisers said although the world was opened back up this year and physically reunited after Covid, it feels "more divided than ever".
President of Oxford Languages Casper Grathwohl added: "Over the past year the world reopened, and it is in that spirit we're opening up the selection process for the Word of the Year to language lovers everywhere."
Other contenders this year were Platty Jubes – an internet term for the Queen's platinum jubilee – and quiet quitting – doing the minimum required for your job – but the choice was ultimately narrowed down to three. Here we explore the workplace trend that has been taking over TikTok.
Last year's winner was vax, which rose to popularity with the emergence of the coronavirus vaccine and saw a surge in use.
In 2020, Oxford Languages decided there were too many contenders and the award included a range of winners including lockdown, bushfires and Covid-19, as well as Black Lives Matter, WFH [working from home], keyworkers and furlough.
Permacrisis, a word describing the feeling of living through a period of war and political instability, was chosen by Collins Dictionary's as their word of the year for 2022.
The winner will be announced on 5 December.
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