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Current Events ''Rizz'' is Oxford's pick for word of the year. 6 2023-12-04 21:59:18
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'Rizz' charms Oxford wordsmiths to win its word of 2023

"Rizz" - a colloquial term defined as "style, charm, or attractiveness" - has been crowned word of the year for 2023, Oxford University Press (OUP) announced on Monday (Dec 4).

Its lexicographers chose "rizz", which also conveys "the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner", from a shortlist of four words and phrases, after help from the public.

An online vote had whittled down the list from eight finalists, all selected "to reflect the mood, ethos, or preoccupations" of the year.

"Rizz was chosen by the language experts at OUP as an interesting example of how language can be formed, shaped, and shared within communities, before being picked up more widely," OUP said.

"Etymologically, the term is believed to be a shortened form of the word 'charisma', taken from the middle part of the word, which is an unusual word formation pattern," it noted.

The term earned mainstream recognition in June after an interviewer asked "Spider-Man" actor Tom Holland about his "rizz". The 27-year-old replied he had "no rizz whatsoever".

Previous words of the year - chosen by Oxford lexicographers - include "vax" (2021), "climate emergency" (2019) and "selfie" (2013).

The other finalists were "Swiftie" (an enthusiastic Taylor Swift fan), "prompt" (an AI programme or algorithm instruction) and "situationship" (a romantic or sexual relationship not considered formal or established). 039rizz039-charms-oxford-wordsmiths-to-win-its-word-of-2023
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