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Words of the year

- The Oxford English Dictionary · Oxford · Australia

Ox­ford English Dic­tionary couldn’t pick just one “word of the year” for 2020. In­stead, the dic­tionary says a year that has left us speech­less is best re­flected by ex­pand­ing its an­nual se­lec­tion to a whole list of ver­nac­u­lar. It in­cludes, bush­fires, to touch on Aus­tralia’s dev­as­tat­ing fires in Jan­uary — to Covid-19, a com­pletely new word first recorded in Fe­bru­ary. Lock­down, so­cial dis­tanc­ing, bub­bles and re­open­ing all fea­ture aswell as Black Lives Mat­ter.

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