The Word of the Year goes Goblin Mode

From Book Browse:

A year ago, the lexicographic grandees at Oxford Languages dutifully stuck out their arms and chose “vax” as the 2021 Word of the Year.

But this year, the venerable publisher behind the Oxford English Dictionary has — like the rest of us, apparently — gone full goblin mode.

“Goblin mode” — a slang term referring to “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations” — has been named Oxford’s 2022 Word of the Year.

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3 thoughts on “The Word of the Year goes Goblin Mode”

  1. So, then, commercial publishing has been in full-time goblin mode since about 1996 (and at least partial for decades before that), right?

  2. As expected.
    It just took them a while to notice we’re surrounded by goblins because some do bathe regularly.

    In a similar “sign of the times”, language training app DUOLINGO…

    “…announced its Most 2022 Phrase. The winning phrase, “Please don’t cancel my plans,” is hard to read without feeling a little sad. If you squint, you can almost see the pleading emoji at the end of that sentence.

    In a release, Duolingo said it chose the phrase because 2022 saw a record number of flight cancellations, numerous natural disasters in vacation spots and high travel costs. In August, almost 1,500 flights from Texas to the East Coast were canceled in one day, causing some passengers to complain on social media, according to The Washington Post.

    Duolingo also released its third annual global language report, which showed how global events shaped language learning. According to Duolingo, more than 1.3 million people started learning Ukrainian in 2022 in response to the Russian war in Ukraine.

    “The global response to the war was united,” Duolingo wrote in a blog post. “Countries receiving the largest numbers of Ukrainian refugees saw substantial growth.”

    Duolingo said there were fewer people learning a new language for travel reasons in 2022. It said more people vacationed closer to home where they wouldn’t need to study a new language beforehand.

    Duolingo’s report showed the most studied languages across the globe included English (most studied language in 119 countries), Spanish (most studied in 34 countries) and Korean (most studied in four countries).”

    No russian or Chinese, then?
    I wonder why… 😉

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