'Goblin mode' voted as the Oxford Word of the Year

Goblin mode was chosen as this year's word of the year.
Goblin mode was chosen as this year's word of the year.

Goblin mode was chosen as this year's word of the year, it is the first time the public has been allowed to vote

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The first ever Oxford Word of the Year chosen by the public has been revealed.

“Goblin mode” has been announced as 2022’s “word of the year”.

It is a slang term which is used to describe “a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”

It is the first time the public has been allowed to vote
It is the first time the public has been allowed to vote

American linguist Ben Zimmer said: “Goblin Mode really does speak to the times and the zeitgeist, and it is certainly a 2022 expression. People are looking at social norms in new ways. It gives people the license to ditch social norms and embrace new ones.

More than 300,000 people took part in the vote over two weeks to find the 2022 Word of the Year.

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, said: “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.”

He continued: “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 present on our Instagram and TikTok feeds.

It is a slang term which is used to describe “a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent
It is a slang term which is used to describe “a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent

“This has been demonstrated by the dramatic rise of platforms like BeReal where users share images of their unedited selves, often capturing self-indulgent moments in goblin mode.

“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.”