‘Vax’ Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year for 2021

The Oxford Dictionary has declared ‘Vax’ as the word of the year for the year 2021 due to its frequent usage throughout the year as medical breakthroughs happened around the world. According to ‘a report into the language of vaccines’ by Oxford Languages, the word ‘vax’ had appeared more than 72 times by September than the same time last year.

Post the development of vaccines for Covid-19, the year 2021 marked large-scale vaccine drives in nations worldwide – just in India, 100 crore vaccine doses were administered as of October 21, 2021.

Rise in use of vaccine-related words

The appearance of the word ‘vaccine’ itself doubled between September 2020 and September 2021 according to the report by Oxford Languages.

Other words related to vaccines like ‘vaccinate’ and ‘vaccination’ also recorded a 34-fold increase and an 18-fold increase, respectively, as stated in the report.

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