‘Goblin Mode’ Pips Metaverse To Become Oxford Word of The Year
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – ‘Goblin mode’, and not ‘metaverse’, has been chosen as the 2022 Oxford Word of the Year, the publisher behind Oxford English Dictionary announced.
The fight this year was between Metaverse, Goblin mode, and #istandwith, and Metaverse just got 4 percent of the public vote, despite being popularized by Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg by investing billions of dollars.
The Goblin mode refers to “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations”.
Goblin mode went viral on TikTok, Twitter and other social media platforms this year.
The hashtag #goblinmode on TikTok is often used as a rebuff of the “that girl” trend, which is about being the “best version of yourself”, The Guardian reported.
It received a massive 93 percent of the public vote to become the Oxford Word of the Year.
Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Languages, was quoted as saying that “given the year we’ve just experienced, a goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who are feeling a little overwhelmed at this point”.