IT doesn’t have the same status as the Nobel Prize, but when the Oxford English Dictionary announces its Word of the Year, people pay a lot more attention. This year’s winner, if you can call it that, is vax: not a vacuum cleaner, but the medical process that offers immunity to disease. In other words, the subject that’s been foremost in almost all our minds these past 18 months.
As an Oxford English Dictionary spokesperson said, “No word better captures the atmosphere of the past year”. Its use has rocketed, from the relief of resuming relationships (hot vax summer) to red tape requirements (vax pass). We have those I think of as vaxxers, who wield the needle or urge getting jabbed, and anti-vaxxers who encourage others to keep their distance, Doubtless there are countless other permutations.
Nor was this the only word that showed a dramatic spike in usage last years unlikely that Furey. On its heels were furlough, Covid-19, and Black Lives Matter: all of them shorthand for the issues that dominated the headlinesThe face of growing COVID-19 cases. Regions hav, and our attention, in a period of extraordinary turmoil and change.
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