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There’s a clear choice for the Oxford Word of the Year

The Oxford Word of the Year is usually chosen by the editors of the various editions of the Oxford Dictionary, but this year they are making a huge mistake. They allow the public to vote for the word of the year. My many years of internet experience tells me that’s a bad idea.

Fortunately, it’s not free for everyone. Instead, we were given a choice of three terms.

These words are…

  • Metaverse
  • #IStandWith
  • Goblin mode

As you can see, I made my choice.

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The metaverse is… well the metaverse. If you’re on CNET, a tech site, you most likely understand what that means and how ubiquitous it’s become as a term this year. #IStandWith is a hashtag designed to help solidarity for certain causes on social networks.

Goblin mode is… well.

Goblin mode, according to, is a “slang term for a way of behaving that intentionally and shamelessly gives in and indulges in basic habits and activities without regard to adhering to norms or social expectations”.

Basically, when people go into “goblin mode” all bets are off. They’re home, not in the shower, still in their pajamas at 5 p.m., eating chocolate and chips for dinner. It’s a shape we’ve all taken, especially in the last few years.

The phrase has technically been around since 2009, but has come to life in 2022 since, well, we’re all going a bit goblin-mode.

And that’s why I’m following the PC Gamer example and saying, folks, it’s time to vote for goblin mode. It’s the clear winner and the most obvious choice. Metaverse is lame and is partly responsible for Meta announcing its first-ever revenue drop this year. #IStandWith is a hashtag and is not a real word. Hashtags suck by default, I’m sorry. Voting ends Friday, December 2.

Goblin mode people. It’s the only real choice. No other word quite captures the zeitgeist quite like goblin mode. It’s who we are now.

It is our truth. Vote for goblin mode.


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