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Use: Insurrection, Fauci ouchie, Yassify are the words of '21

2022-01-10T23:15:25.606Z

The word of 2021 in the US? "Insurrection". The most creative word or phrase from last year? "" Fauci ouchie ", a rhyme that combines the name of the White House medical adviser with the Italian term equivalent to 'bua' to indicate the anti Covid vaccine. (ANSA)



(ANSA) - WASHINGTON, 10 JAN - The word of 2021 in the US? "Insurrection". The most creative word or phrase from last year? "" Fauci ouchie ", a rhyme that combines the name of the White House medical adviser with the Italian term equivalent to 'bua' to indicate the anti Covid vaccine. And the more informal one?" Yassify ", to indicate the process of embellishing a person's photo. These are the decisions of the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society, a society founded in 1889 and made up of linguists, lexicographers, etymologists and scholars dedicated to the study of English in North America.Over 300 members take part in this event.


    The word of 2021 is Insurrection, which beat 'vax / vaxx'. "Over a year after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the nation is still dealing with what happened that day," said Ben Zimmer, chairman of the new words committee created within the company.


   "At that moment, words like coup, sedition and revolt were used to describe the disturbing events in the Capitol but insurrection - a term for a violent attempt to take control of the government - is what many think best sums up the threat to democracy experienced that day. The lasting effects of that insurrection will be felt for many years, "he adds.


    "Fauci ouchie" has instead typed 'Chin diaper' (diaper for the nose), to indicate the mask held under the chin rather than above the mouth and nose. The informal word title of 2021 went to "yassify", which means "to apply filters to a person's photo to turn it into a wonderful cartoon image, or generally make it beautiful or charming."


    Finally, the word title "most useful" has been assigned to "hard pants", as opposed to "soft pants", preferred by those who work from home during the pandemic. While for the American Dialect Society the word "most likely to succeed" is "antiwork" to mean "a position that supports the refusal to work, reacting to the exploitation of labor ". (ANSA).


Source: ansa

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