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Vax Is The Word Of Oxford English Dictionary For The Year 2021

World Desk, Amar Ujala

Published by: Amit Mandal
Updated Mon, 01 Nov 2021 07:53 PM IST

Summary

The dictionary saw a huge jump in words and phrases related to vaccines over the past 12 months, but the most influential of these was the word wax.

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has revealed its word for the year 2021. This is the word ‘vax’ related to corona vaccination, which has been used 72 times more often this year than last year. The dictionary has seen a huge jump in vaccine-related words and phrases over the past 12 months, including double-vaxxed, unvaxxed, and anti-vaxxer.

The word is related to Kovid-19 vaccination
Another term that has grown in popularity is vaxxie, which refers to a picture of oneself taken while getting a vaccine against COVID-19. OED senior editor Fiona McPherson said ‘wax’ was an obvious choice as the word of the year for 2021 because it made the most impact.

It was used in the 1980s, but was rarely used till this year, he said. Then it was used to make other types of words like- Waxy, Wax-a-thon, Vaxinista. But it became clear that wax was the most different of these.

Casper Grathvoll, president of Oxford Languages, said that when reviewing the evidence for the language, ‘vax’ stood out as an obvious choice. A sudden impressive use of the word caught our attention. Then we analyzed and a story began to emerge, revealing how Wax has made inroads into our engagements this year.

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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has revealed its word for the year 2021. This is the word ‘vax’ related to corona vaccination, which has been used 72 times more often this year than last year. The dictionary has seen a huge jump in vaccine-related words and phrases over the past 12 months, including double-vaxxed, unvaxxed, and anti-vaxxer.

The word is related to Kovid-19 vaccination

Another term that has grown in popularity is vaxxie, which refers to a picture of oneself taken while getting a vaccine against COVID-19. OED senior editor Fiona McPherson said ‘wax’ was an obvious choice as the word of the year for 2021 because it made the most impact.

It was used in the 1980s, but was rarely used till this year, he said. Then it was used to make other types of words like- Waxy, Wax-a-thon, Vaxinista. But it became clear that wax was the most different of these.

Casper Grathvoll, president of Oxford Languages, said that when reviewing the evidence for the language, ‘vax’ stood out as an obvious choice. A sudden impressive use of the word caught our attention. Then we analyzed and a story began to emerge, revealing how Wax has made inroads into our engagements this year.

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