Oxford Languages announced on Oct. 31 that it has chosen “vax” as the word of the year.
“When our lexicographers began digging into our English language corpus data it quickly became apparent that ‘vax’ was a particularly striking term,” the company, which produces the Oxford Dictionary, said.
Oxford Languages tracked the use of “vax” and found that its use has increased by 72 times last September compared to last year.
Oxford Languages also said in a 33-page report into the language of vaccines that the word “vax” generated multiple derivatives that are being used in a wide range of informal contexts, such as “fully vaxxed” and “vax cards.”
Oxford Languages also said that the trend had been seen in other languages as well, such as in Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
“No word better captures the atmosphere of the past year than ‘vax,'” Oxford Languages said.
The company determines the word of the year based on the usage evidence from its corpus of over 14.5 billion words, which is continuously updated.
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