Oxford University Press names Rizz as the word of the year

OUP. OUP names Rizz as world of the year. Photo Courtesy: OUP X page

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IBNS-CMEDIA: Do you know the meaning of ‘Rizz’, the word which has been named the 2023 word of the year by Oxford University Press.

According to X page of OUP, the meaning of the word is ‘(n.) style, charm, or attractiveness; the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner’.

The word was reportedly first recorded in 2022.

However, the word became popular after Hollywood actor Tom Holland used it while he was interviewed by Buzzfeed.

When we asked what the secret to his rizz was, he told the news portal “I have no rizz whatsoever, I have limited rizz.”

“Rizz” is something you can have and do, though it’s most commonly used as a noun, per Dictionary.com. One can “rizz” a romantic partner at a bar and then use their rizz to hold that person’s attention beyond their initial meeting, reported CNN.

The word fought hard against other top contenders like “Swiftie”, “de-influencing”, “beige flag” and “situationship” to win the numero uno position in the passing year.

In 2022, OUP had named  “goblin mode” as the word of the year.

Casper Grathwohl, president at Oxford Languages, said that while “goblin mode” had resonated with many people after the pandemic, “it’s interesting to see a contrasting word like rizz come to the forefront”, reported BBC.