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The Oxford Dictionary has named the slang expression goblin mode as the word of the year, the Oxford University Press noted.

The phrase "goblin mode" means an extremely selfish pattern of behavior that rejects societal norms and expectations and is characterized by laziness, unkemptness and greed, according to the Oxford University Press. The phrase was first used on Twitter in 2009, but it became widespread in February 2022, making headlines in newspapers and magazines. The spread of the term was helped by the lifting of restrictions imposed by national governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perhaps the popularity of the expression reflects the mood of people who reject the idea of a return to 'normalcy' after the pandemic or who oppose the increasingly unattainable aesthetic standards and lifestyles displayed on social media, the report noted.

The Oxford Dictionary selected the word of the year for the first time in an online public poll. Over 300 thousand people took part in the poll. The second place was taken by the word metaverse, the third place was taken by the hashtag #IStandWith.

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