What is the Economist’s word for 2021?

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meF 2020 WAS the year of the covid-19 outbreak, 2021 will go down as the one in which the world struggled to get back to normal. The words of the year – chosen by dictionary publishers, other linguistic outfits and sometimes this column – reflect the conflicting mix of familiar and foreign.

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Getting back to business meant, for some, a return to the tedium of politics. Choose Dictionary.com alliance as the word of the year, to describe the practice of people outside oppressed groups helping and trying to understand those within them. Some have discovered and criticized wake up, the practice of polishing a brand – usually a company – by talking alliances while doing the opposite. Wake washing is a variation of the older ones attribute. It’s not a bad thing to celebrate virtue, but the phrase has come to mean just parading purity and doing very little.

For others, “back to business” was more literal. The economy created several contenders for the word 2021. In the traditional economy, inflation was central bankers and reporters, and temporary it became a buzzword associated with it – until the US Federal Reserve suddenly stopped reassuring people that it would soon pass. People who never thought much supply chains they started doing that because they were disturbed all over the world.

But unconventional finance produced more new words – or new uses for existing ones – than boring old economics. DeFior decentralized finance, the broadest term for a group of phenomena including blockchain, cryptocurrencies and invisible signs or NFTs, a type of title deed over digital assets such as artwork. (Collins, a dictionary publisher, chose NFT as the word of the year.) When Facebook’s parent company changed its name to Meta, the metrica parallel digital reality in which users play and work – and can buy and sell in cryptocurrencies – fired up in online searches.

DeFi jargon only gets weirder. Stunned and hodl they are funny letters for stock and hold; stonks can be a one-word statement of market gyrations, hodl a sense of excitement to hold on to crypto-assets even as prices fall. Enthusiasts contribute laser eyes to their avatars on Twitter, representing their laser focus on getting rich with crypto, and talk about it diamond handsmeans the reluctance to sell in a panic (the other side of paper handles). They are sure that their assets are going to the moon-a catchphrase always followed by two rocket emojis.

Those who don’t get it right clickers: not understanding the value of such things NFTs, they think they can right click and save a digital image on their computer with the same value. Crypto-depts are interested in obscurity. Welcome to one website: “ $WAGMI including the heart and soul of an ape with a diamond hand. No plebs, no jetets, no rugs—just moonshine, ser.”

But the most important words of the year were again related to covid. A pingdemicreleased by Britain’s track-and-trace app informing countless people that they had to self-isolate, showed the frustrating shortcomings of the technology arrangement. Variable it made its way into the everyday scene, when the world began to learn the Greek alphabet. Delta tear in the middle of the year, and the very corrupt Omicron it was on everyone’s lips as it ended – although there was some confusion about how to pronounce it. While some English classicists emphasized the second syllable, most converged on the media’s preferred first syllable (which is closer to the modern Greek -today saying their 15th letter).

Omicron means “little o”, as opposed to omega, “big o”, the last letter of the Greek alphabet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like even the Omega version will be the last. But Johnson’s word of 2021 is clearer. Producers who are Oscar hopefuls like to release their films at the end of the year, the better to make them fresh in the minds of voters at election time. But the most important word of the past year came right at the beginning. It is not a new word, but without a doubt the most important one of 2021. Derived from Latin empty for cow, and named after an early example used for handling cows, vaccines finally bend the curve of the covid pandemic.

With frequent use comes a change: vaccination has been shortened to bay. That can be used as a verb, especially in the form of a participle (vaxxed), and has included seeding changes double-vaxxed and anti-vaxand portmanteaus like vaxophobia or emptiness (for people’s first time after getting their jabs). More changes are sure to come in 2022, like new vaccines themselves – another testament to the fickleness of people.

Read more from Johnson, our language columnist:
Environments can affect language – just not in the way you think (27 November 2021)
Green light or green light? Gaslighted or gaslit? (November 13, 2021)
How the Rosetta Stone Was Explained (October 30, 2021)

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