Image source, Dave Roth Image caption, One of the many successful NFT auctions is that of the original photo of Disaster Girl, aka Zoë Roth
The phrase NFT (short for non-fungible token) was named word of the year by Collins Dictionary.
It indicates that usage of the abbreviation increased by over 11,000% in 2021.
NFTs are certificates indicating that you have something digital, so original versions of viral videos, evenes or tweets can be sold as if it were a work of art.
And since Charlie Bit My Finger video to Harambe the gorilla photo , NFT sales have made some people very rich this year.
Alex Beecroft of Collins Dictionary said it was "unusual " for an abbreviation to see such a massive increase in usage.
"Whether the NFT will have a lasting influence remains to be seen, but its sudden presence in conversations around the world makes it very clearly our Word of the Year," he added.
NFT is one of three technological words to make Collins' new wordlist, along with "crypto ", the short form of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, and "spanverse ", which describes a virtual three-dimensional world .
Other Collins list words include:
- "climate anxiety " - reflecting people's growing concerns about climate change and the perceived lack of action to address it
- "Neopronom " - des words which serve as pronouns but, unlike "he " or "she ", are gender free
- "Cheugy " - a slang term used to describe and reject anything considered hopelessly uncool or old fashioned
Image source, Jeff McCurry Image capture, This iconic photo of Harambe the gorilla was sold as NFT
The word of the year 2020 was "containment " - and the pandemic's influence on language remains strong.
"Pingdemic " is on the list of this year, after self-isolation rules but workforce pressure across the UK.
"Hybrid working " and "double-vaxxed " also saw a boom in use, Collins says.
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