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What would be your Word of the Year for 2013?

This time of year is very exciting for those of us working in Oxford Dictionaries as we are starting to think about what our Word of the Year will be for 2013. We’re analysing our databases, interrogating colleagues, and generally looking back over the past year to make a list of the words and expressions that have been on everyone’s lips.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of Year is a word, or expression, that we feel has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date and reflects the ethos of the year. Previous winners include omnishambles, GIF (verb), big society, credit crunch, sudoku, and chav.

To help inspire us on our hunt for a linguistic representation of 2013, we decided to ask the people of Oxford (and those visiting the dreaming spires) to tell us which one word sums up 2013 for them.

Can you help us on our word hunt? Which one word do you think sums up 2013? Whether it’s from the world of finance, sport, or technology, an old word with a new sense, or a neologism that has yet to enter the dictionary, we’d love to hear your suggestions.

What would be your Word of the Year 2013? Tell us in the comments below, or tweet us @OxfordWords with #WOTY.

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