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Oxford Languages Word of the Year 2021

Vax is our 2021 Word of the Year, reflecting the rapid upheaval and technological development of the past year. Download a report into the language of vaccines for the full story. 

 

October 2021 update

 

Our latest update: almost 100 new words, sub-entries, and revisions have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in a special update on the language of climate change, including climate crisis, extreme weather, and mass extinction.

New words notes: learn what our language monitoring can reveal about the language of climate change in our new word notes by OED Executive Editors, Rosamund Ions and Kate Wild.
Release notes: discover what our editors have uncovered through their investigations into historical sources in this blog post by OED Executive Editor, Rosamund Ions.

New classroom materials: download our glossary posters to explore language related to the causes and impact of, and solutions to, climate change, or view two new lesson plans.

Podcast: in the months preceding this update, our editors have also contributed to The Climate Connection, a ten-part podcast series from the British Council which explores the relationship between the climate crisis and language eduction. Listen to the podcast or read the accompanying blog posts.

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Word of the day

phantastikon, n.

1917

Imagination. Also: a product of the imagination.

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