What word best sums up the mood of our post-pandemic, economically ravaged 2022?
It could be "goblin mode".
The word, which is slang for behaviour that is "unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations", has been shortlisted for word of the year by Oxford University Press lexicographers.
And the word, alongwith #IStandWith (used to express solidarity online) and metaverse (thanks Mark Zuckerberg) is on a shortlist which will be voted for by the public for the first time.
President of Oxford Languages Casper Grathwohl told the Guardian: "Over the past year the world reopened, and it is in that spirit we’re opening up the selection process for the word of the year to language-lovers everywhere.