Oxford Dictionary revealed word of the year

When asked to select a single word to describe 2022, the global public’s responses were astonishingly similar.

Oxford Dictionaries announced Monday that “goblin mode” was selected as the word of the year following an online vote.

The dictionary defines the phrase as “a type of behavior that is unrepentantly self-indulgent, indolent, slovenly, or selfish, generally in defiance of social standards or expectations.”

The term “goblin mode,” initially used on Twitter in 2009, rose to prominence in 2022, when people worldwide escaped mandatory lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Ben Zimmer, an American linguist and lexicographer stated during a special event announcing this year’s criteria for selecting the Oxford Word of the Year: “Goblin Mode reflects the times and the zeitgeist, and it is undeniably an expression of the year 2022. Different perspectives are being taken on social norms. It permits individuals to abandon social conventions in favor of novel practices.”

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages and founder of the Oxford English Dictionary, said, “Given the year we’ve just seen, ‘goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who are feeling a little overwhelmed at this time.”

“It’s a comfort to recognize that we’re not always the idealized, curated versions of ourselves that we’re encouraged to display on our Instagram and TikTok feeds,” he concluded.

Grathwohl mentioned the rise of social media platforms such as BeReal, where users publish uncensored images of themselves and frequently record hedonistic moments in goblin mode.

People are “embracing their inner goblin,” he said, and the fact that “goblin mode” was selected as the word of the year by voters suggests that this trend will likely continue.

The word of the year is selected to represent “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the preceding twelve months.”

The three finalists selected by Oxford Languages lexicographers were goblin mode, metaverse, and the hashtag IStandWith. For the first time, the winner of this year’s competition was selected by public vote.

93% of the more than 340,000 votes cast favored Goblin mode despite being a little unknown offline.

The decision is evidence that the world is unstable due to years of pandemic discontent and the tremendous political and behavioral changes brought about by social media.

Last week, Merriam-Webster proclaimed “gaslighting” the term of the year. The purpose of this psychological ploy is to induce self-doubt. “vax” and “vaccine” were the respective Merriam-Webster and Oxford words of the year for 2021.