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Word of the Year 2020

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WOTY, aka the Word of the Year, is given by dictionaries around the world and other literacy-minded organizations to highlight language which reflect the popular discourse in a calendar year. 2020’s top words: Lockdown, Pandemic, Doomscrolling, Zoombombing

Some thoughts. One of many technologies we take for granted – language is a showpiece of communication (alongside rock art and space junk). Collectively we applaud and cringe and actually learn to use new words, including ‘Word of the Year.’

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‘Corona pandemic’ named Germany’s word of the year
Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com Proclaim ‘Pandemic’ 2020’s Word of the Year – Rolling Stone
‘Doomscrolling’ and ‘rona’ top Macquarie Dictionary word of the year picks

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