As bona fide word nerds, everyone here at YourDictionary has an opinion on what the coveted “word of the year” should be. The term has been used far and wide to refer to the one word or phrase that has gained significant popularity and/or relevance during the year. Some stay strong past the year they were crowned; others fade into obscurity as quickly as they rose into the limelight.
In 2022, several topical words and phrases made YourDictionary’s shortlist. From political turmoil, to the scrutiny of work ethic, to the very definition of identity, the terms that made the most impact this year definitely could have been narrowed down to one — but we’ve never been much about following the crowd.
With the help of our in-house data nerds, YourDictionary is excited to bring you a list of ten words that not only roused the most international interest, but continuously found themselves at the center of important and valuable conversations.