Oxford Dictionaries launches first ever Hindi Word of the Year


Oxford Dictionaries is calling on Hindi speakers across the country to help choose a Hindi Word of the Year for 2017!  

The Hindi Word of the Year will be a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months. The chosen word should reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the year. It is not necessarily a new word, but should be one that is strongly linked somehow to 2017.  

People are invited to submit suggestions on the Hindi Living Dictionaries site at: https://hi.oxforddictionaries.com/hindi-word-of-the-year or via the Hindi Dictionary Facebook page: www.facebook.com/oxfordhindi  

Submissions need to be made before the 29th November.

Following the public suggestions, the Word of the Year will be chosen by the Hindi Dictionaries team at Oxford University Press along with an advisory panel of language experts who each bring a unique perspective.


Kritika Agrawal – Lawyer, polyglot, and Indian language expert

Saurabh Dwivedi – Journalist, Editor in Chief of thelallantop.com and former Associate Editor AajTak

Malika Ghosh – Senior Editorial Manager, Oxford University Press India

Namita Gokhle - Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of 16 works of fiction and non-fiction, and co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literature Festival

Poonam Nigam Sahay - Associate Professor at Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Kritika Agrawal, Language Champion for Oxford’s Hindi Living Dictionary, said of the Hindi Word of the Year “The Hindi Word of the Year is a big leap forward for the Hindi language as it aims to highlight the social and cultural relevance of Hindi in the current context. It is the campaign's endeavour to alter perceptions about languages being a living intangible heritage and not merely a static tool of communication. I am delighted to be a part of, and to promote, a wonderful initiative as this."

The Word of the Year will be announced in January 2018.

For more information please contact Iti Khurana (iti.khurana@oup.com) and Swati Nanda (swati.nanda@oup.com)


Notes for Editors

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What is the Oxford Hindi Word of the Year?

As part of our ongoing research into modern Hindi we are undertaking a search for an Oxford Dictionaries Hindi Word of the Year (HWOTY). The Hindi Word of the Year will be a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months. The word chosen should reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the year.

The HWOTY need not have been coined within the past twelve months and it does not have to be a word that will stick around for a good length of time: it is very difficult to predict accurately which new words will have staying power.

While the HWOTY has great resonance for the year in which it was chosen, it doesn’t mean that the word will automatically go into any Oxford dictionaries. 


Why have you chosen Hindi and not other Indian languages?

We’ve recently made our Hindi dictionary available online at hi.oxforddictionaries.com and so we have a large number of users who are able to help us with our search for a Hindi Word of the Year. In future years we might also look for a Word of the Year in other Indian languages.


How can Oxford decide what the Hindi  Word of the Year should be?

Oxford has been creating dictionaries for over 150 years and our dictionary editors in India and around the world have developed expertise in monitoring how language is used by real people. To further supplement our research we’re both calling on Hindi speakers across India to send us their Word of the Year suggestions and consulting with a panel of experts from a range of backgrounds.


How were the advisory panellists  chosen?

The members of the advisory panel were invited to be part of Hindi Word of the Year (a voluntary role) because they have knowledge and expertise that enables them to make a contribution to the selection process. We’re delighted to have such an exceptional group of people involved with Oxford Word of the Year.

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