Each year, the lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) update the prestigious tome with new words. In 2022, over 650 new words were added, ranging from slang and tech terms to pop psychology language. Not all added words are strictly trendy, however; some are archaic words uncovered by linguistics experts, and others are new entries for existing words.
Because the OED is based in England, many of the terms offer insight into language usage in the UK, while others seem to have originated elsewhere. Here are 10 of our favourites, which, taken together, provide a silly and sometimes poignant portrait of the year ahead.
Definition: ‘The simultaneous use of an area of land for farming and for electrical generation using photovoltaic solar panels’
Fun fact: this new technology helps fight climate change by moving toward renewable energy sources. It emerged in 2021, but has not yet reached most subtropical and semiarid regions.
Definition: ‘A person who has one or more parents or guardians who are deaf or hard of hearing’
Fun fact: though this acronym has been used since the ’90s, it was recently popularised by the Oscar-winning 2021 movie of the same name.