‘Vax’ is Oxford’s 2021 word of the year : NPR

An in-house care worker in Los Angeles, California, receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in February.

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It would be very difficult to get to 2021 without hearing the word “wax” at least once.

If last year was marked by the emergence of COVID-19 globally, it is about a new solution to eradicate the epidemic: vaccines.

That is why the creator of Oxford Languages Oxford English DictionaryChose “vax” as its. Word of the Year 2021.

“A relatively rare word in our corps so far this year, up to September, was 72 times more than at the same time last year,” Oxford said.

According to Oxford, wax can be either a noun or a verb, and it has created a Latin of derivatives, including “wax sites,” “wax cards” and “being completely waxed,” according to Oxford.

The sense of the word “wax” is certainly not universal. Many see the promise of vaccine protection against COVID-19 as a welcome scientific breakthrough. Others view the new drug with suspicion and some refuse to receive it.

About 192.5 million people in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fully vaccinated Against CoVID-19, about 58% of the country’s population.

Despite strong evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine is both. Safe And EffectiveThere has also been a wave of Incorrect information About shots.

Last year, Oxford said epidemics and social unrest across the United States made it impossible for him to choose a single word. Dictionary instead Highlighted various terms. Including ‘Black Life Meter’, ‘Billsday’, ‘Social Distance’ and ‘Systemic Racism’.

First Words of the year These include Climate Emergency (2019), Toxic (2018), Youth Earthquake (2017) and Post-Truth (2016).

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