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'Rizz' is Oxford's Word of the Year for 2023

Rizz is Oxford's 2023 Word of the Year

What is your "Rizz?"

Oxford University Press, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, has declared "Rizz" as the 2023 Word of the Year. This trendy Gen-Z term is synonymous with "style, charm, or attractiveness."

According to a report by The New York Times, Rizz was first recorded last year, but the slang term rose to fame because of Tom Holland’s interview with Buzzfeed, where he said, “I have no rizz whatsoever. I have limited rizz.”

“That spawned a crush of memes, as overall usage surged by a factor of about 15 over the previous year, according to Oxford’s data,” The New York Times wrote.

Oxford chooses its Word of the Year based on its written and spoken language data, which will then be analyzed for trends relevant to the year.

“We look at whether there is a word which can sum up a year, or at least part of it,” Oxford said.

Just recently, Merriam-Webster announced that its 2023 Word of the Year is “authentic.”


—Hermes Joy Tunac/CACM, GMA Integrated News