Oxford has announced its 2023 Word of the Year, and this time around, a charming newcomer is the winner. Based on the definition of charm, style, or beauty by Oxford University Press (OUP), “rizz,” which is a spin on the word “charisma,” has taken the top rank, according to CNN.
The people voted for this colorful term more than 32,000 times, as announced by OUP on Monday.
The term became well-known earlier this year when actor Tom Holland of Spider-Man said, in response to a Buzzfeed question regarding his secret to charm, “I have no rizz whatsoever. I have limited rizz”.
The publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary pointed out that “rizz” can also be used as a verb, as demonstrated by the expression “rizz up,” which denotes approaching or striking up a discussion with someone.
Eight words were shortlisted for public voting and presented in competitive pairs during the selection process.
The other three finalists were named “Swiftie,” which refers to a devoted follower of singer Taylor Swift, “situationship,” which describes a love partnership without a formal setup, and “prompt,” which refers to instructions given to an artificial intelligence program impacting its content creation.