& # 39; Lockdown & # 39; is named Word of the Year by the Collins English Dictionary – while Megxit and the Acroynym BLM are also among the most popular terms of 2020
- Collins Dictionary has named "Lockdown" the word of the year 2020
- Lexicographers registered more than 250,000 blockages this year
- BLM, short for Black Lives Matter, and Megxit are also included
If some of us were asked to choose a word to describe this year, it might not be able to be printed.
But Collins Dictionary has shown reluctance to name its 2020 word – the choice of "Lockdown".
Lexicographers registered more than 250,000 "lockdown" uses this year, compared to 4,000 last year.
Collins Dictionary has shown restraint in naming its 2020 Word of the Year – choosing "Lockdown"
Collins defines lockdown as "imposing severe restrictions on travel, social interaction and access to public spaces". Other words on the ten-person list include vacation, key workers, self-isolation, social distancing, and coronavirus itself.
BLM, short for Black Lives Matter, and Megxit – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's farewell to royal life – also feature.
Helen Newstead, Collins Language Content Advisor, said, “Language is a reflection of the world around us and 2020 has been dominated by the global pandemic.
"We chose 'Lockdown' as our word of the year because it sums up the shared experience of billions of people who have had to cut back on their daily lives in order to contain the virus.
“Lockdown has affected the way we work, study, shop and socialize.
"With many countries entering a second lockdown, it's not a word of the year to celebrate, but it may be one that sums up the year for most of the world."
The word "TikToker," used to describe someone who is active on the TikTok social media app, is becoming a dream job for millions of children.
The word "TikToker," used to describe someone who is active on the TikTok social media app, is becoming a dream job for millions of children
Another possible job is creating mukbang videos, a South Korean loan word used to describe the excitement of someone who shares footage of them eating staggering amounts of food online.
Last year's word of the year was "Climate Strike" to describe the global demonstrations by the then 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg.
Other words from the halcyon days of 2019 include "non-binary", "deepfake" and "influencer". And in 2018 the word “disposable” was high on the list, which is mainly used to describe goods that have a devastating impact on the environment.