Word of the year 2022: Oxford named "goblin mode" as the word of the year 2022

Word of the year 2022: Oxford named “goblin mode” as the word of the year 2022

The Oxford English Dictionary recently announced the word of the year 2022. The word of the year 2022 was that was selected by public votes. According to public votes, ‘Goblin mode’ is named the word of the year 2022.
According to their official website, it means a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.’ Despite first appearing in 2009, the word made its way to popularity after it went viral in February.

Oxford University Press also shared a tweet about the word. “The ‘goblin community’ has spoken! We’re pleased to announce goblin mode as the #OxfordWOTY 2022,” they tweeted.

After the announcement by an oxford university press, people online/netizens reacted. here are some of the netizen’s reactions:

“Thank goodness for the Oxford dictionary—I’ve been misusing ‘goblin mode,’ thinking it was a landscaping term, describing poor grass-trimming technique as in: ‘That lawn looks like it was goblin mowed!’,” wrote a Twitter user. “Goblin Mode Activated,” posted another. “Sorry to be a bit picky but is that not two words?” asked a third.

A few complained that they have never heard of the word. Just like this individual who posted, “Hmm. The word of the year (2 words!) is an expression that’s totally passed me by. I’ve neither heard it, read it, nor obviously used it. Is it because I’m old or am I just reading the wrong stuff?”

“We were hoping the public would enjoy being brought into the process, but this level of engagement with the campaign caught us totally by surprise. The strength of the response highlights how important our vocabulary is to understanding who we are and processing what’s happening to the world around us. Given the year we’ve just experienced, ‘Goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who are feeling a little overwhelmed at this point,” told Casper Grathwohl, President, of Oxford Languages, reports in a blog by Oxford.

“People are embracing their inner goblin, and voters choosing ‘goblin mode’ as the Word of the Year tells us the concept is likely here to stay,” Grathwohl added.



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