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'Rizz' voted word of the year 2023 by Oxford English Dictionary

2023-12-04T09:57:03.647Z

Highlights: 'Rizz' voted word of the year 2023 by Oxford English Dictionary. Appearing in mid-2021 and particularly popular in recent months, the use of the slang term "rizz" has exploded since last June. The word was chosen "as an interesting example of how language is created, formed and shared within certain communities, before spreading more widely," the institution explains. The public was called upon to vote, before the experts decided among the four words that came out on top in this giant poll.


Appearing in mid-2021 and particularly popular in recent months, the use of the slang term "rizz" has exploded since last June.


The publisher of the famous Oxford English dictionary has chosen as the 2023 word of the year the slang term "rizz", synonymous with charm or success in the art of seduction, which appeared on social networks and was popularized in particular by the actor Tom Holland. Probably derived, in a shortened version, from the word charisma, "rizz" means "style, charm, seduction, ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner", according to Oxford University Press, which unveiled its word of the year on Monday.

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The term, now also used in French, appeared on social networks in 2022, popularized in particular by the American streamer Kai Cenat with millions of subscribers on the YouTube and Twitch platforms. Its use has exploded since last June, after 27-year-old actor Tom Holland, star of Spider-Man, used it in an interview with Buzzfeed. "I don't have any rizz at all," he said.

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Dating sites and apps have also picked it up, in an attempt to attract users of "Gen Z", part of the population born between 1997 and 2010, Oxford University Press said in a statement. The word "rizz" was chosen "as an interesting example of how language is created, formed and shared within certain communities, before spreading more widely," the institution explains.

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It talks about how younger generations are creating spaces," both "online" and in face-to-face exchanges, "where they own and define the language they use," he adds. To designate its word of the year, the institution first drew up a list of eight finalist words, including "Swiftie" (a fan of the American singer Taylor Swift) or "prompt" (a term for an instruction given to an artificial intelligence program).

The public was then called upon to vote, before the experts decided among the four words that came out on top in this giant poll. Last year, only the public vote counted, and the word chosen was "goblin mode," a term that is difficult to translate into English, describing an attitude or behavior that rejects social expectations. In 2021, Oxford chose the word "vax", after having decided in 2020, an exceptional year marked in particular by the Covid-19 pandemic, to opt for several words including "coronavirus", "lockdown" and "black lives matter". In 2019, it retained "climate emergency".

Source: lefigaro

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