Dec 04, 2023
By Jane Brown
The word of the year, as declared by Britain’s Oxford University Press, highlights the popularity of a term used by Generation Z to describe someone’s ability to attract or seduce another person.
Rizz is believed to come from the middle of the word charisma, and can be used as a verb, as in to “rizz up,” or chat someone up.
The word topped “Swiftie”(a fan of Taylor Swift), “situationship” and “prompt” among the four finalists in the annual decision by experts at the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary.
“This year, we created a shortlist of eight words,” says Oxford’s University Press, “all chosen to reflect the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of the past year, and put them to the public to vote for their favourites. Through head-to-head competitions over a four-day voting period, the public narrowed down our shortlist of worthy contenders to four finalists: rizz, Swiftie, prompt, and situationship. These words were then put to our language experts, who considered our corpus data, the vote counts, and the public commentary around the words to choose the definitive word of the year for 2023.”