Collins Dictionaries, Oxford Choose Vax and NFT as your Words of the Year for 2021.
According to the Associated Press, Collins Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary each chose their word of the year for 2021, with Collins choosing NFT and Oxford choosing vax.
Non-fungible token is abbreviated as NFT. “A digital certificate of ownership of a unique object such as an artwork or a collectible,” according to Collins. The lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary chose vax because it was used 72 times more frequently in 2010 than it was in 2020. It can be used as a noun or a verb, and it is the basis of many other common terms like vaxxed, vaxxed cards, and vaxxed sites.
The Oxford study stated, “No term better describes the atmosphere of the past year than vax.”
The word vaccination was first recorded in English in 1799, according to the paper. Both vaccinate and vaccination are derivatives of the word that first emerged in 1800.
Vaccinate and vaccinated were the runners-up for this year’s list, both of which were used a lot more this year than in previous years.
Climate emergency, toxic, youthquake, and post-truth were among the previous Oxford terms of the year. It chose the laughing emoji in 2015.
Collins also announced a list of new words of the year for 2021, in addition to the 2021 word of the year. NFT, double-vaxxed, metaverse, pingdemic, cheugy, crypto, hybrid working, neopronoun, and regencycore are among the ten.
See the list below for more Associated Press reporting.
Collins chose NFT after a surge in interest in the digital tokens, which can sell for millions of dollars, catapulted it into the spotlight.
Most people had never heard of an NFT until this year, when sales skyrocketed, fueled in part by artist Beeple’s over $70 million auction of a digital collage NFT in March. Other notable sales include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s $2.9 million NFT of his first tweet and electronic musician Grimes’ $6 million worth of digital art.
Collins, based in Glasgow, Scotland, announced on Wednesday that they chose NFT due of its “meteoric rise in usage,” which is expected to increase by 11,000 percent by 2021.
“NFTs appear to be everywhere,” said Alex Beecroft, managing director of Collins Learning, “from the arts sections to the financial pages, and in galleries and auction houses, as well as across social media platforms.” However, it is unclear whether NFT will have a. This is a condensed version of the information.