Oxford Dictionaries names 'goblin mode' its word of the year Photo: en.wikipedia.org – Vartha Bharati

London (AP): Asked to sum up 2022 in a word, the public has chosen a phrase.
Oxford Dictionaries said Monday that “goblin mode” has been selected by online vote as its word of the year.
It defines the term as “a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”
First seen on Twitter in 2009, “goblin mode” gained popularity in 2022 as people around the world emerged uncertainly from pandemic lockdowns.
“Given the year we’ve just experienced, goblin mode’ resonates with all of us who are feeling a little overwhelmed at this point,” said Oxford Languages President Casper Grathwohl.
The word of the year is intended to reflect “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past twelve months.” For the first time this year’s winning phrase was chosen by public vote, from among three finalists selected by Oxford Languages lexicographers: goblin mode, metaverse and the hashtag IStandWith.
Despite being relatively unknown offline, goblin mode was the overwhelming favourite, winning 93% of the more than 340,000 votes cast.
The choice is more evidence of a world unsettled after years of pandemic turmoil, and by the huge changes in behaviour and politics brought by social media.
Last week Merriam-Webster announced that its word of the year is “gaslighting” psychological manipulation intended to make a person question the validity of their own thoughts.
In 2021 the Oxford word of the year was “vax” and Merriam-Webster’s was “vaccine”.
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Gurugram, Dec 8: A police complaint was filed against an elderly woman here after a video purportedly showing her beating a female security guard of her housing society surfaced on social media, police said on Thursday.
The video purportedly showed the woman beating the guard with a stick and hurling abuses at her.

The row allegedly broke out when she objected to the security guards using a heater and standing around it to warm themselves.

The argument flared into violence after she tried to take a picture of the heater and was resisted from doing that by the guards.

The incident happened around 3.30 pm Wednesday in Tulip Violet society in Sector 69 near its main gate.

The woman, said to be in her 60s, had approached the guard room in her car.

She purportedly took out a stick from her car to beat the security guard, Soni Devi, and also threatened to get other workers fired who came in her support.

In late evening, Irshad Ali, the manager of the maintenance company employed by the society, took Soni Devi to Badshahpur Police Station and filed a complaint against the woman resident.

Following the complaint, the police got a medical examination of the security guard done.

They are yet to file an FIR.

Inspector Madan Singh, SHO, Badshahpur Police Station, told PTI that a probe is underway and they are still verifying the facts.

According to sources, the accused woman is living alone in her flat and has some mental disorder.
Bengaluru: The Karnataka Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod to offer government jobs to those sportspersons who win medal in the international tournaments.
New Delhi: A highly decomposed body of an unidentified woman was recovered from a suitcase which was lying in a drain in West Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh area, police said on Thursday.
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency on Thursday conducted searches at three locations in Kerala and Karnataka in connection with a criminal conspiracy by the PFI to carry out terror activities in the country, an official said.
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