Oxford Word of the Year

“Metaverse” was voted word of the year 2022 by Oxford University Press after “goblin mode”. For the first time, the public was also allowed to vote.

In a Dec. 4 announcement, Oxford Languages ​​said the viral term “goblin mode” had beaten “metaverse” and #IStandWith to become the word of the year for 2022. Following an investigation, Oxford found that usage of the term metaverse had “nearly quadrupled in the Oxford corpus from the previous year”, in part due to Facebook’s October 2021 rebranding to meta.

Metaverse lost ground in goblin mode, a term that went viral in February because it seemed to “capture the prevailing mood of people resenting the idea of ​​returning to ‘normal life'” after the lifting of blockages in many regions. #IStandWith took third place. The social media hashtag was notably popularized by #IStandWithUkraine after Russia invaded the country in February.

“As we tackle relatively new concepts like hybrid working in virtual reality, the Metaverse is particularly relevant to debates about the ethics and feasibility of an online-only future,” said Oxford Languages. “The ‘Metaverse’ has grown in prominence in crypto communities and publications. We are seeing the term being used more and more as more and more people engage in the debate about the sustainability and future viability of industry.”

In a November video on the term “metaverse,” Oxford said the term dates back to Neil Stephenson’s 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash.

More than 300,000 people voted for the three terms chosen by Oxford Languages.

‘NFT’ won the Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2021 competition, while ‘vax’ took first place in Oxford’s poll the same year. These results show that there has been a shift in crypto terms on social media. Enthusiasm for this is said to have waned in the first quarter of 2022.

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