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This is the word of the year 2021 according to the Oxford Dictionary

Last year, dictionary linguists couldn't pick a single word because of everything that happened in those 12 months.

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The Oxford Dictionary , perhaps the most respected in the English language, presented the word of 2021 on Monday. The linguists of the institution chose the idiomatic expression “vax”, which refers to everything related to vaccines against COVID-19 .

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In English, the word “vax” is used as a noun to name things related to vaccination, like “vax center” (vaccination center) or as a verb like “get the vax” (to be vaccinated).

According to the Oxford University Press site, the word "for September was used more than 72 times more than at the same time last year."

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In 2020, the Oxford Dictionary did not choose a word of the year due to all the unusual situations that changed the English language in those 12 months.