A term used by Generation Z is word of the year
Traditionally, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary designates a word or expression that has had an impact on the past year, has the potential to acquire lasting cultural significance, or is a snapshot of the development of societies.
And this year the word is… rizz.
It is widely used online to describe style, charisma, attractiveness, and someone’s ability to attract or seduce another person.
“The word is short for ‘charisma’. It is an interesting example of how language is formed, modified and shared in communities before it becomes widely popular. And how younger generations create spaces – online or live – where they own and define the language they use,” said an announcement at Oxford University Press.
Scientists predict that more and more words from social media and the Internet will enter our everyday language.
The word became extremely popular in June after actor Tom Holland was asked in an interview about the secret of his rizz, to which he replied that he had no rizz.
Word of the year according to Oxford beat out Swiftie – a word used to describe fans of another celebrity – Taylor Swift. The other finalists were situationship, meaning an informal romantic or sexual relationship, and prompt, an instruction given to an artificial intelligence program.
The four words were chosen by public vote.
In 2022, the word of the year was goblin mode – an unusual pattern of behavior that rejects societal norms and expectations.