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Word of the year 2023

Dictionaries around the world select their word of the year every year.

Oxford’s 2023 word of the year is rizz

Oxford University Press defines the viral term, which is short for charisma, as “someone’s ability to attract another person through style, charm, or attractiveness.” Apparently, it was coined by YouTuber Kai Cenat in mid-2021.

People are asking: “do you have rizz?”

If you aren’t on social media, and if you are a generation or so older than Gen Z, you probably won’t have heard this word. But essentially people use it as a noun: “She has rizz.” It can also be a verb.

For new or emerging words, the Urban dictionary is a good one to consult but it can sometimes be a little shocking. It is compiled by users.

Urban dictionary definition:

Rizz is the ability to confidently approach people and talk to them, in a more romantic or flirty way.

Here is an Australian news bulletin in a YouTube video about rizz being the word of the year.

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