At the end of the news, there is often some light-hearted or trivial piece, and today it has been a phrase which the Oxford University Press has deemed ‘Oxford Word of the Year’. This year it’s something I have never heard of, and nor has anyone else it seems according to those interviewed – goblin mode’. Have you ever heard of it before it was on the news or before I just mentioned it? What does it mean? Behaving like a naughty sprite? According to Wikipedia, a goblin is a small, grotesque, monstrous creature that appears in the folklore of multiple European cultures – so if someone is in goblin mode is it a physical description? Is it their monstrous behaviour? No, according to the OUP, chosen by the 300,000+ people who voted for it:
‘Goblin mode’ – a slang term, often used in the expressions ‘in goblin mode’ or ‘to go goblin mode’ – is ‘a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.’
Previous years recently:
- 2021 – VAX
- 2020 unprecedented year
- 2019 climate emergency
- 2018 toxic
- 2017 youthquake
- 2016 post-truth
I wonder if I have a word of the year? Probably – ‘oops’! I must have a think and decide if I can come up with something better!
PS Youthquake was a 1960’s term, a cultural movement involving pop culture and music; however, redefined in 2017,apparently it meant ‘a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’
My featured image is me in the late 60’s!!!