June 1, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas — Pandemic-related phrases proceed to be probably the most generally used within the English language — nearly three years after the emergence of COVID-19.

In response to World Language Monitor (GLM), “denier” and “COVID” are the 2 most used phrases in 2022. The group tracks utilization throughout the web in addition to in print, on-line, and social media. The Texas-based analysts pulled collectively a listing of 37 of probably the most used phrases and phrases within the English-speaking world. During the last three years, nevertheless, the pandemic has dominated the worldwide dialog.

“Vaccine,” “variant,” “pandemic,” “booster dose,” “lockdown,” and “Omicron” all made the listing, regardless of many nations successfully shifting previous the pandemic and eradicating well being restrictions.

“Within the yr 2022, we noticed three main tendencies within the growth of the English language,” says Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Phrase Analyst of the World Language Monitor, in a media launch.

“The persistence of Pandemic-related phrases for the third yr in a row, the acceleration of the unfold of the language ever wider into all corners of the planet, and World English insinuating itself ever extra deeply into the language of academia, science, expertise, politics, commerce, transportation, and leisure.”

Politics proceed to be a serious speaking level

“Ukraine” was the highest non-pandemic phrase or phrase this yr, whereas “local weather change” and “international warming” proceed to be two of the highest phrases all through the twenty first century. Within the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court docket’s ruling to strike down Roe v. Wade, “proper to life” completed because the third-most used phrase this yr. “Abortion rights” got here in a lot decrease at quantity 19.

Additionally making the 2022 listing are dozens of recent pronouns, collectively ending thirty sixth beneath the phrase “neopronouns,” which the analysts say displays the brand new discourse relating to gender fluidity. Donald Trump and Joe Biden proceed to take a seat neck and neck at 20 and 21, respectively, two years after their contested election.

GLM estimates that there at the moment are 1,074,372 phrases within the English language, with 5,366 new phrases coming into existence every year. They add that many of those aren’t worthy sufficient to enter the Oxford English Dictionary, which counts lower than 200,000 phrases.

The analysts observe phrases regardless of how slangy, comparable to “plutoed,” which implies being downgraded or unfriended on social media. As of 2020, the researchers say “OK” has turn into probably the most acknowledged phrase on the planet.

Payack say he began the GLM mission in Silicon Valley 20 years in the past and has been monitoring using English phrases since 2000 as a method to doc the historical past of the twenty first century by language.

Prime Phrases of World English for 2022 by The World Language Monitor:

  1. Denier
  2. Covid
  3. Proper to Life
  4. Ukraine
  5. Zero
  6. Worth of gasoline/petrol
  7. Vaccine
  8. Variant
  9. Local weather change
  10. Pandemic
  11. Provide Chain
  12. Booster Dose
  13. Diesel
  14. Cancel Tradition
  15. Inflation Definition
  16. World Warming
  17. Democracy
  18. Omicron
  19. Abortion Rights
  20. Donald Trump
  21. Joe Biden
  22. Nuclear Weapons
  23. Xi Jinping
  24. Metaverse
  25. Civil Struggle
  26. Vladimir Putin
  27. Pumpkin Spice
  28. Hater
  29. Democracy in danger
  30. Fungible (The Letter F in Non-fungible Tokens)
  31. Regina Elisabetta II (Queen Elisabeth II)
  32. West Texas Crude
  33. Strategic petrol reserve
  34. Royal Glyph
  35. Shrinkflation
  36. Neopronouns
  37. Lockdown

South West Information Service author Danny Halpin contributed to this report.