The Cambridge dictionary reveals its word of the year 2021
The Cambridge Dictionary revealed its word of the year for 2021 as “perseverance,” with editors crediting global interest in NASA’s mission to Mars.
Searches for the word increased after the Perseverance Rover made its final descent to the Red Planet on February 18, with 30,487 searches for “perseverance” between February 19 and February 25 of this year.
It was consulted 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 accomplish something, even when it is difficult or takes a long time“.
Cambridge Dictionary publishing director Wendalyn Nichols said it “made sense” that searches for the word increased after NASA’s Mars Rover descended.
âThe Cambridge Dictionary is the world’s best website for English learners, and persistence is not a common word for English students in their vocabulary,â she said.
âWe often see spikes in searches for words associated with current events when those words are less familiar. “
She said the editors considered it an appropriate word, given the challenges of 2021.
“Just as it takes persistence to land a rover on Mars, it takes persistence to face the challenges and disruption to our lives due to Covid-19, climate disasters, political instability and conflict. “Ms. Nichols said.
“We appreciated this connection, and we think Cambridge dictionary users too.”
In January of this year, searches of the Cambridge Dictionary website increased for ‘insurgency’, ‘impeachment’, ‘inauguration’ and ‘acquittal’ as the US presidential election gained worldwide attention. .
The editors said this provides further evidence that words searched in the Cambridge Dictionary often reflect current world events.