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The Oxford University Press announced their word of the year, 2022, recently. Three words made it into the first ever public vote: Goblin Mode, metaverse, and #IStandWith. Goblin Mode won with a landslide 93% of the vote.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word is a slang term used to describe, ‘a type of behaviour, which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.’
I had never heard of the term until the announcement. After first appearing on Twitter in 2009, Goblin Mode took a bit of a hiatus until it went viral on social media in February 2022.
This got me musing about what my word of the year would be. There are numerous candidates, many of which would be unsuitable for WordPress. After much consideration, I decided to come away from the modern world and delve back into Old English and a word I discovered in one of my favourite books of 2022.
The Rise of the Ale-Poet
The book is, The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English, written by Hana Videen. The Wordhord takes readers on a journey through Old English words related to activities and customs encountered in Old English life. The word I chose was ealu-sceop, (pronounced EH-al-luh-SHEH-op) a noun, meaning Ale-poet, someone who recites poetry in the presence of those drinking.
Ale-poets were a common occurrence in early Medieval England. The thought of wandering around inns and taverns reciting poetry is something which appeals to me. ‘A poem for a pint.’ Is there a better way to earn a living?
I have an opportunity to test out my new business idea this weekend as my local village, Haddenham, is holding its winter beer festival, Winterfest. There are expected to be over a thousand people attending. My plan is to leave my poetry until late in the day when the strong local ales will be exerting their maximum effect.
Wish me luck. Do you have a word of the year? Why don’t you share it in the comments section. Have a good weekend.