Oxford Word of the Year 2022: Dictionaries name ‘goblin mode’

It defines the term as “a type of behavior that is uncompromisingly complacent, lazy, sloppy, or greedy.”

LONDON– Asked to sum up the year 2022 in one word, the public chose one sentence.

Oxford Dictionaries announced on Monday that “goblin mode” had been voted word of the year online.

It defines the term as “a type of behavior that is uncompromisingly complacent, lazy, sloppy, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”

First seen on Twitter in 2009, “goblin mode” surged in popularity in 2022 as people around the world emerged unsafe from pandemic lockdowns.

“Given the year we’ve just lived through, ‘goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who are feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point,” said Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Languages.

MORE: ‘Gaslighting’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2022

The word of the year is intended to reflect “the ethos, mood, or occupations of the past twelve months”. For the first time, this year’s winning phrase was selected by public vote from three finalists selected by Oxford Languages ​​lexicographers: Goblin Mode, Metaverse, and the hashtag IStandWith.

Despite being relatively unknown offline, Goblin mode was the overwhelming favorite, winning 93% of the more than 340,000 votes cast.

The election is further testament to a world unsettled after years of pandemic turmoil and by the vast shifts in behavior and politics driven by social media.

Last week, Merriam-Webster announced that his word of the year is “gaslighting” – psychological manipulation designed to make a person question the validity of their own thoughts.

In 2021, the Oxford Word of the Year was ‘Vax’ and Merriam-Webster’s was ‘Vaccine’.

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