Posted on December 4, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Mere weeks after some of us became aware of the word, "rizz" has been announced as Oxford University Press's word of the year for 2023.

Gen Z's slang for style, charm, or attractiveness edged out the three other popularly chosen finalists: Swiftie, situationship, and prompt.

"Rizz," believed to have come from the word "charisma," was first noted in 2022 and went viral this past June after actor Tom Holland declared that he lacked it, reports the Guardian.

It was on an eight-word shortlist compiled by OUP's language experts; it then survived its head-to-head matchup, in which the public voted, against "beige flag."

Finally, it and the three other winners went back to the OUP panel.

In other slang news, Brevity Blog published a post in praise of the so-often-condemned word “ain’t.”

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