May 20, 2022

Omnishambles: Oxford Dictionaries UK 2012 Word of the Year

From the OUPblog:

No discussion of candidates for Word of the Year would be complete without considering how technology informs our language. We saw the emergence of second screening, the activity of watching television whilst simultaneously using a smartphone, laptop, etc., often so as to be able to use a social media site to post about what was happening. This particular method of preserving and recording the moment for posterity seems to run slightly counter to another shortlisted word from the world of social media: YOLO (you only live once).

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See Also: GIF is the Oxford Dictionaries USA 2012 Word of the Year

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