Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year is “Lockdown”; “TikToker” Now Part of Dictionary
Lockdown is Collins’ Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2020 while “TikToker” joined the list of words in the reference material.
Every year, several words are added by dictionaries. Most of these words have been born out of something or an activity that went trending in the said year.
Lexicographers decide on the inclusion of new words to dictionaries and as well as choosing the terms that were popularly used in a certain year.
Recently, the word for Collins’ Dictionary. Also, another term was added on the dictionary this year.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, “lockdown” is Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2020. Lexicographers noted the surge on the usage of the word from 4,000 to more than 250,000 within the year.
Most of the usage of the word was in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 200 countries and territories across the globe recorded cases of the disease. It caused nations to closed their borders or “lockdown”.
In Collins Dictionary, lockdown is defined as the “imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public places”. This situation really happed amid the fight against the pandemic in several countries.
Aside from the said term, five words related to COVID-19 also made it to Collins’ list of 10 Words of the Year for 2020. Based on the report, these other terms were coronavirus, social distancing, furlough, and self-isolate.
Collins Dictionary has also added a new word – TikToker. It refers to a person who shares a content on TikTok, a social media platform.
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