Oxford English Dictionary Couldn’t Pick One Word For 2020
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY COULDN'T PICK JUST ONE 'WORD OF THE YEAR' FOR 2020
(CNN) – The Oxford English Dictionary had a hard time picking its traditional ‘Word of the Year’ for 2020.
In 2019, “climate emergency” was the OED word of the year and in 2018 it was “toxic.”
But OED tweeted that with everything that has happened this year.
Instead of just one word of the year, it selected the most important words for certain months.
It was “bushfire” in January, when Australia suffered its worst fire season on record.
“Acquittal” in February, when president Trump’s impeachment trial ended.
Starting in March, terms related to the coronavirus pandemic dominated, like “COVID-19,” “lockdown,” “social distancing”, and “reopening.”
In June, use of the phrase “black lives matter” exploded.
For August, “mail-in” and “Belarusian” were both flagged, referring to the U.S. election and the controversial re-election of the Belarusian president.
In September, it’s “moonshot,” the name the U.K.gave its coronavirus testing program.
And in October, “net zero” and “superspreader” are highlighted.
Net zero refers to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s pledge that the country will be carbon neutral by 2060.
And superspreader spiked in use after a cluster of COVID-19 cases at the White House.