Oxford University Press announces its word of the Year

The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression shown through usage to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year.

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This year, the Oxford Word of the Year is Climate emergency.

Azania Mosaka chats to Oxford University Press dictionary content manager Dr Phillip Louw to give more insight on why that phrase was chosen.

We have seen a humongous spike in the use of climate emergency this year versus climate change in the years before. This speaks to the escalation of the use of the word climate emergency.

Dr Phillip Louw, Dictionary content manager - Oxford University Press

He says the spike of the use of the compound noun by governments around the world declaring a climate emergency in their own countries.

The word also indicates an escalation of the type of language that we use to talk about the climate.

Dr Phillip Louw, Dictionary content manager - Oxford University Press

Listen below to the full conversation:


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