The Oxford English Dictionary's 'Words Of The Year' Are Painfully On Brand For 2020
Lockdown, anti-mask, defund, social distancing and staycation were all included!
After a seriously strange year so far, the(OED) has released their “words of the year” for 2020.
While the iconic dictionary usually chooses just one word for their annual round-up, it seems 2020 was too “unprecedented” to sum it up in the traditional way.
"It quickly became apparent that 2020 is not a year that could neatly be accommodated in one single 'word of the year,'" the OED explained on November 22.
Instead, loads of different words, terms and phrases were chosen — and they're sowe've had!
The English language, like all of us, has had to adapt rapidly and repeatedly this year.
Oxford English Dictionary
Words on the list included, “bushfire,” “impeachment” and “Black Lives Matter,” as well as "defund," “cancel culture” and “mail-in.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, plenty of pandemic-related terms made the list, too.
"Lockdown," "social distancing" and "reopening," were all included, as well as “anti-mask,” “staycation,” "unmute" and “superspreader."
It's not uncommon for the OED's word of the year to reflect the year's standout events and moments.
In 2018, the chosen phrase was "toxic," while in 2019 it was
What a year, eh?