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Do you know 'rizz'? It is Oxford's 2023 word of the year

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The Gen Z slang term "rizz," which means "style, charm, or attractiveness," has been chosen as Oxford's word of the year for 2023.

Oxford University Press, the world's second-oldest academic press and the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, also defined the term as the "ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner."

The publisher noted that "rizz" is a shortened form of the word "charisma."

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"Use of the word as recorded in our corpus has increased dramatically in 2023, with a peak in June 2023, when actor Tom Holland was asked in a widely-reported interview about his 'rizz,' to which he answered, 'I have no rizz whatsoever, I have limited rizz,'" the publisher said through a statement.

It is the second consecutive year that the public has played a part in picking Oxford's word of the year. They chose the term "goblin mode" in 2022.

The other words that stood out were the following:

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  • "prompt" - an instruction given to an artificial intelligence program, or algorithm which determines or influences the content it generates
  • "situationship" - refers to a romantic or sexual relationship that is not considered to be formal or established
  • "Swiftie" - refers to an enthusiastic fan of the singer Taylor Swift
  • "beige flag" - a character trait indicating that a partner or potential partner is boring
  • "de-influencing" - refers to the practice of discouraging people from buying particular products, or encouraging people to reduce their consumption of material goods, especially via social media
  • "parasocial" - used to describe a relationship characterized by the one-sided, unreciprocated sense of intimacy felt by a viewer, fan, or follower for a well-known or prominent figure (typically a media celebrity), in which the follower or fan comes to feel (falsely) that they know the celebrity as a friend

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