Oxford University Press names “rizz” as its word of 2023 | WORLD
Sound journalism, grounded in facts and Biblical truth | Donate

Oxford University Press names “rizz” as its word of 2023

The Oxford English Dictionary started naming a word of the year in 2004. Associated Press/Photo by Caleb Jones

Oxford University Press names “rizz” as its word of 2023

The term “rizz” is thought to come from the word “charisma” and is used to describe a person’s style, charm, or attractiveness, according to the Oxford University Press. On Monday, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary said that its experts selected “rizz” as the word of the year from a group of four finalists chosen by a public vote. The words “Swiftie,” “prompt,” and “situationship” were the runners-up. Last week, the Merriam-Webster dictionary named “authentic” as its word of 2023.

When did dictionaries start selecting a word of the year? The American Dialect Society in 1990 became the first group to select an English word of the year, according to TIME Magazine. A German publication has been participating in the tradition since the 1970s. Merriam-Webster in 2003 named its first word of the year: “democracy.” The Oxford University Press followed suit in 2004 with its first pick: “chav.”

Dig deeper: Read Lauren Dunn’s report in WORLD Magazine about the return of phonics-based reading.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

An actual newsletter worth subscribing to instead of just a collection of links. —Adam

Sign up to receive The Sift email newsletter each weekday morning for the latest headlines from WORLD’s breaking news team.

Please wait while we load the latest comments...