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Sign of the times as ‘vax’ is Oxford’s Word of the Year 2021 – here are other hailed words from the last decade

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2021 has been a year of mass vaccinations against Covid-19. Photo: Arthur Carron

2021 has been a year of mass vaccinations against Covid-19. Photo: Arthur Carron

2021 has been a year of mass vaccinations against Covid-19. Photo: Arthur Carron

IT SHOULD come as no surprise that the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Word of the Year owes much to the pandemic.

This year’s Word of the Year, which was chosen by lexicographers at the OED, is vax.


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