Collins English Dictionary reveals its 2022 word of the year


As nations around the world face a plethora of ongoing crises, the Collins English Dictionary revealed on Tuesday that its word of the year 2022 is “permacrisis”, a term to describe such events.

“Permacrisis” is a UK defined name editor HarperCollins as “a long period of instability and insecurity, particularly that resulting from a series of catastrophic events”.

A blog post on the Collins Dictionary website by writer David Shariatmadari noted that the term rings true due to the war in ukraine, the challenges of climate change, political instability and soaring inflation.

According to Shariatmadari, the term embodies the “dizzying sense of swinging from one unprecedented event to another”, as people wonder what new “horrors” might be around the corner.

Other popular words and terms chosen by the publication this year include Kyiv, Partygate, splooting, mood change and silent shutdown.

Last year, the publication chose “NFT” – an abbreviation for non-fungible token – as its word of 2021 because of how the digital revolution continues to grow rapidly and influence our culture, our relationships and the way whose business is conducted.

Many new words can be taken from popular culture, crises and society. In September, Merriam-Webster added 370 new words and phrases to his dictionary, some who, like “narrowing“, also reflect the current economic climate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, terms heard almost exclusively in the medical field have become commonly used by the public: including subvariant, booster dose, and emergency use authorization, which are all new dictionary entries.

Collins Dictionary was first published in 1824 and now contains over 4.5 billion words.




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