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“Vax” is the word of the year in English, according to the Oxford Dictionary

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Words related to the vaccine, including vax, unvaxxed and anti-vaxxer, were trending several times during 2021.

“Vax” was selected as the word of the year by the lexicographers of the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language (OED). Refers to the term vaccine (vaccine).

Vaccine-related words were a frequent trend in 2021 due to covid-19, with double-vaxxed (double vaccine), unvaxxed (not vaccinated) and anti vaxxe (anti-vaccine) registering an increase in its use.

OED Senior Editor Fiona McPherson said “vax” was the obvious choice as it had caused the “most powerful impact.”

“It dates back to at least the 1980s, but according to our corpus it was rarely used before this year,” he said.

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