Collins Dictionary Chooses NFT as 2021’s ‘Word of the Year’

NFT topped the shortlist of the words including Neopronoun, Regencycore, and Cheugy, to become 2021’s ‘Word of the Year’
Collins Dictionary Chooses NFT as 2021’s ‘Word of the Year’

In Brief:

  • Collins Dictionary picked NFT as ‘Word of the Year’
  • The shortlisted words apart from NFT were Neopronoun, Regencycore, and Cheugy.
  • Collins also named metaverse and crypto as other top words of the year.

Sometimes, a single word defines a year, and this time it’s NFT, an acronym for non-fungible tokens. Collins Dictionary picked ‘NFT’ as its ‘Word of the Year’. This new concept of digital art has made a lot of noise this year with so many celebrities, influential personalities, and tech tycoons associated with it. It became impossible to avoid the word ‘NFT’ when it’s grabbing headlines each day. 

Undoubtedly, people were paying attention to the news and early signs of the NFT collectibles craze. The dominance of NFT over the top three shortlisted words is proof that it was certainly heard over and over again in the past 12 months. The top shortlisted words were Neopronoun, Regencycore, and Cheugy. 

Starting with the ‘Word of the Year’ – NFT, as described by Collins in their blog – “a unique digital certificate, registered in a blockchain, that is used to record ownership of an asset such as an artwork or a collectible.”

One of the first big spikes in the NFT industry was when Beeple’s ‘Everydays: The first 5000 Days’ sold for $69.3 million. This has gathered a whole lot of buzz in the modern media. Soon after, many artworks like CryptoPunks, Bored Ape Ness Club, and Cool Cats attracted more people to it. 

Among all these NFTs, CryptoPunk gathered a lot of hype that it is now displayed as many famous folks’ profile pictures across many social media platforms. Well, there is more to it, but we can say that the word has begun to tick up consistently since early 2021. 

Crypto, the abbreviation for cryptocurrency, and  shorthand for blockchain technology also made the shortlist. Another entry on the Collins shortlist was metaverse.

Some other words on the list also include – cheugy, regencycore, neopronoun, double-vaxxed, hybrid working, pingdemic.

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