NFT is the English word of the year for the Collins Dictionary: its use increased by 11,000% compared to 2020

2021 aims to be the most virtual year in history. For example, the most used word in the English language, according to the Collins Dictionary, is NFT.

Technically it is not a word, but an acronym, but academics value it as such. Non-fungible Tokens (Non-fungible tokens, hence the NFT) have become the great revelation of the year.

The word, according to the Collins Dictionary, increased its use by more than 11,000%, compared to 2020.

“A unique digital certificate, registered on a blockchain, that is used to record the ownership of an asset, such as a work of art or a collector’s item.”

NFT, defined by the Collins Dictionary

Remember that the NFT they are pieces of digital art with a high value in cryptocurrencies. A token is a unit of reference, and being non-fungible, a specific value is associated with a unique original object.

The NFTs constitute a record for the one who owns a unique digital piece.

Each non-fungible token represents property, rights and privileges, without being interchangeable with another authentic one and without being divisible.

Athletes, artists, sports clubs and more institutions have joined the token fever. From Ronaldinho, Gerard Piqué and LeBron James, through Linsay Lohan and Beeple, including McDonald’s, the Argentine Football Association and films such as Space Jam: A New Legacy and Matrix: Ressurrections, market their NFTs.

“It has not yet been determined whether the NFT will have a lasting influence,” says Alex Beecroft of the Collins Dictionary. quoted by the BBC, “But his sudden presence in conversations around the world makes him our word of the year.”

But NFT is not the only technology word that is among the most used in the English language in 2021, according to the Collins Dictionary. Crypto (for cryptocurrencies) and Metaverse (Metaverse, the virtual universe created by Facebook to play, work and study, in addition to interacting socially) also stand out.

The pandemic continues to open doors to new words in English

Beyond technology, the coronavirus pandemic also fueled words that were widely used in the English language during 2021. These are:

  • Double vaxxed: Double vaccinated, the person who received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
  • Hybrid working: Hybrid work, performed by people who have returned to offices and worked from home alternately.
  • Pingdemic: Epidemic of absences from work announced by application pings, which warned users if they were in contact with an infected person.

The other most popular words in the English language, according to the Collins Dictionary, are:

  • Neopronouno: Novel way of referring to someone without using their name, avoiding traditional gender markers. Instead of “he” and “she”, the neopronomes include “xe”, “ze” and “ve”. More or less like “amigues” in Spanish, used in some places in Latin America but not recognized by the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language.
  • Regencycore: Reference to a distinctive fashion aesthetic, inspired by Georgian styles (early 19th century) popularized by the Netflix series Bridgerton.
  • Cheugy: Equivalent to ugly, clumsy, old-fashioned, and embarrassing.

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