Word of the Year

The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest over the last 12 months. Every year, we debate several candidates for word of the year and choose a winner that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.

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Previous Words of the Year

In 2004, Oxford Dictionaries was one of the first institutions to launch a Word of the Year, and it has become an annual tradition that is close to our hearts. Use the links below to find out about some of our previous choices.

Word of the Year 2017 youthquakeWord of the Year 2016 Post-truth

Word of the Year 2015 EmojiWord of the Year 2014 Vape

Word of the Year 2013 SelfieWord of the Year 2012 Omnishambles GIF

Word of the Year 2011 Squeezed MiddleWord of the Year 2010 Big society Refudiate

Word of the Year 2009 Simples UnfriendWord of the Year 2008

Word of the Year 2007 Carbon footprint LocavoreWord of the Year 2006 Bovvered Carbon Neutral

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