“Vax” is Oxford Languages’ phrase of the yr.
“Whether or not you’re vaxxed, double-vaxxed, or unvaxxed, the language regarding vaccines and vaccination permeated all of our lives in 2021,” mentioned a report from Oxford, exploring the phrase and its placing rise in use.
In a press release, Oxford added: “A comparatively uncommon phrase in our corpus till this yr, by September it was over 72 occasions extra frequent than on the similar time final yr. No phrase higher captures the environment of the previous yr than vax.”
Oxford Languages famous that “jab” within the UK and “shot” within the U.S. are synonyms of vax, however each produce other meanings and are used as widespread colloquialisms solely in sure areas taking them out of the working.
Within the age of social media, vax led to phrases like vaxxie — a selfie taken whereas getting the Covid-19 shot — and vaxinista — an individual who flaunts their vaccinated standing by going out extra and touring extra (taking vaxications).
Whereas vax solely dates again to the Nineteen Eighties, anti-vax, with a special spelling, was first used within the early 1800s, not lengthy after the phrase vaccinated was first recorded after English doctor and scientist Edward Jenner’s work on vaccination in opposition to smallpox, Oxford Languages notes.
Jenner wrote in a letter in 1812 that “The Anti-Vacks are assailing me … with all of the drive they’ll muster within the newspapers.”