When you think of the "Word of the Year" you would usually think of new words that either entered our vocabularies during the year or words that describe the year, but for some reason Oxford Dictionaries has chosen "goblin mode" as it's word of the year!
While Merriam-Webster may have chosen "gaslighting" as it's word of the year, Oxford when in a different direction by making "goblin mode," or in other words "lazy" as the word they best described the year.
Here's what they define "goblin mode" as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”
The even more interesting thing is that this is the first year that the winning word was chosen by a public vote from three finalists selected by Oxford Languages lexicographers. “Goblin mode” blew the other choices away with 93% of the vote, followed by “metaverse” in second and “IStandWith” in third place.
Just get ready to hear "Goblin Mode" more often at the start of 2023!