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Since things are anything but normal after Covid, it’s only apt that the lexicographers at Oxford University Press decided that it won’t be them deciding what this year’s word of the year is, but rather opening it up to the public.

And the people have spoken… ‘Goblin mode’ has been voted as the 2022 Oxford Word of the Year by public vote.

Over 340,000 English speakers voted in the competition that saw ‘metaverse’ missing out on first place. Although ‘goblin mode’ won by a landslide, the hashtag #IStandWith narrowly missed out on a second place.

Casper Gratwohl, the president of Oxford Languages shared the body’s sentiment of a rather hip word of the year.

“Given the year we’ve just experienced, ‘goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who are feeling a little overwhelmed at this point. It’s a relief to acknowledge that we’re not always the idealised, curated, selves that we’re encouraged to represent on our Instagram and TikTok feeds.”

Although the word ‘goblin mode’ isn’t brand new, it’s still fairly new. It was first used on Twitter in 2009 and went viral. But, until a fake news story said Kanye West’s girlfriend went into goblin mode and that’s why he left here.

Image credit: The Indian Express 

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