#OneWordMap: mapping the world’s least favourite words
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What if everybody in the world could answer the same question with a single word? It could be almost any question, so long as it could be answered with one word – revealing trends and similarities across the globe.
#OneWordMap provides exactly that opportunity – and we’re launching the campaign with the question ‘what is your least favourite English word?’ Is there a particular word which has always made your blood boil? Does an everyday word sound horrendous to you? Head to the map and have your say – and see which countries agree with you.
This will be a uniquely global search to discover the least popular words in the English language, and an opportunity to contribute to research by Oxford Dictionaries. This public input will allow the team to pull together a list of the least popular words by country, age, and gender. The results by country may show some surprising similarities, as well as differences.
The opportunity to answer a variety of interesting language questions will be available on OneWordMap in the near future. This new initiative conveys what Oxford Dictionaries is all about: improving communication through an understanding and passion for language. We analyse the living language and how it changes, and OneWordMap will be a fascinating insight into usage worldwide – as well as data that could be used for independent research.
We’re sure you’ll have thought of a word by now. It probably came to mind as you saw the title… so what are you waiting for? Let the world know – and find out what the world thinks.