The word ‘Permacrisis’ which is described as “an extended period of instability and insecurity” by Collins Dictionary, has been picked as the Collins Word of the Year for 2022. The reason: permacrisis aptly sums up how awful 2022 has been for many people across the world– be it the Ukraine-Russia war or the political crisis in the UK.

An annual list of notable words that are a reflection of our socio-political environment is created by Collins Dictionary’s lexicographer, from which the Word of the Year is picked.

Some other words shortlisted for this year were:

Partygate- it refers to the scandal that happened on social gatherings against public-health restrictions.
Warm bank- a heated public space for people to use of heating, in order to save their energy bills at home.

Kyiv- the Ukranian city which has become a symbol of the country’s stand against Russia’s invasion.

Lawfare- the use or misuse of legal powers in order to silence your opponents.

Vibe shift- a cultural shift wherein post-pandemic people are more focussed on having better quality of life rather than slogging away at work.

Quiet quitting- “doing no more work than one is contractually obliged to do,” as per Collins Dictionary.

Sportswashing- a term used to describe how countries or big companies use sports promotion to improve their reputations or distract people from controversial issues.

Carolean- used to describe the end of the Elizabethan era, and the beginning of King Charles III’s reign.

Splooting- the way animals stretch out on the ground to cool down, normally seen in extreme summers.

Commenting on the shortlisted words and Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2022 ‘Permacrisis’, Alex Beecroft, M.D. at Collins Learning, said as per The Bookseller, “Language can be a mirror to what is going on in society and the wider world and this year has thrown up challenge after challenge. It is understandable that people may feel, after living through upheaval caused by Brexit, the pandemic, severe weather, the war in Ukraine, political instability, the energy squeeze, and the cost-of-living crisis, that we are living in an ongoing state of uncertainty and worry; ‘permacrisis’ sums up quite succinctly just how truly awful 2022 has been for many people. Our list this year reflects the state of the world right now – not much good news, although, with the determination of the Ukrainian people reflected by the inclusion of ‘Kyiv’, and the dawn of the new ‘Carolean’ age in the UK, there are rays of hope.”


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