Every year, various dictionaries release their words of the year.
Their picks are usually the most-searched words or phrases on their websites for that year, and they're often pretty telling about what exactly went down.
And this year, the choices serve as a year-in-review, painting a picture of exactly what 2021 was like.
The site also singled out the word "cicada," as 2021 marked Brood X's (the type of cicada that emerged this spring) return after 17 years of hibernation.
Others that made their shortlist include "critical race theory," "burnout," and once again, "vaccine."
And third time's the charm for vaccine because it also landed at the top of the Oxford Dictionary's list!
Although they ultimately landed on "vax," citing all of the contexts it appears in, from "vax cards," to "vax sites," to being "fully vaxxed."
The Collins dictionary chose "NFT" (aka non-fungible token) as their pick, and honestly, I'm glad — maybe now I'll actually understand what an NFT is.
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