Cambridge Dictionary unveils 2021 word of the year
The Cambridge Dictionary has revealed its word of the year for 2021 is “perseverance”, with editors attributing the decision to global interest in NASA’s mission to Mars.
Searches for the word spiked after the Perseverance Rover made its final descent to the Red Planet on February 18, with 30,487 searches on the Cambridge Dictionary website for “perseverance” between February 19 and February 25 of that year.
It was searched on the Cambridge Dictionary website more than 243,000 times worldwide in 2021.
Perseverance is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “a continuous effort to do or achieve something, even when it is difficult or takes a long time”.
Wendalyn Nichols, editor of the Cambridge Dictionary, said it “made sense” that searches for the word increased after the descent of NASA’s Mars rover.
“Perseverance is not a common word for English students in their vocabulary,” she said.
“We often see spikes in searches for words associated with current events when those words are less familiar.”
She said editors felt that was an appropriate word, given the challenges of 2021.
“Just as it takes perseverance to land a rover on Mars, it takes perseverance to deal with the challenges and disruptions to our lives from Covid-19, climate disasters, political instability and conflicts,” Ms Nichols said.
“We appreciated this connection, and we think Cambridge Dictionary users appreciate it too.”
In January this year, searches on the Cambridge Dictionary website surged for ‘insurrection’, ‘impeachment’, ‘inauguration’ and ‘acquit’ as the aftermath of the US presidential election captured the world’s attention. whole.
The editors said this provides further evidence that words searched in the Cambridge dictionary often reflect current world events. – Sound system