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Collins Dictionary Crowns 'AI' as Word of the Year 2023
How 'AI' Became the Defining Buzzword of 2023
The year 2023 will be remembered as the point when discussions of artificial intelligence came to dominate public discourse. Fueled by AI's rapidly expanding influence over daily life , AI has been crowned the Collins Word of the Year for 2023. According to lexicographers at the renowned dictionary publisher, the abbreviation captured the conversations and mindset of this pivotal year more than any other term.
Collins analyzed over 20 billion words from a vast array of online and offline sources to determine the words that truly encapsulated 2023. Time and again, 'AI' arose as a dominant topic across books, newspapers, television programs, radio broadcasts and everyday discussions both in person and online.
The rise of AI has been impossible to ignore. From affecting our daily tasks like email and streaming to becoming deeply embedded in our lives through futuristic technologies, AI's presence has rapidly accelerated this year. It's growth to becoming an almost ubiquitous part of our world mirrored its dominance as the defining buzzword.
Other notable contenders on Collins' annual list included "nepo baby" - a witty term for celebrity offspring succeeding in their parents' industries. "Greedflation" shone a light on companies profiting amidst the cost of living crisis, while "Ulez" highlighted London's scheme to penalize dirty vehicles. Even the way we influence online through "deinfluencing" was monitored.
This cricket season also introduced many to the exciting "Bazball" style advocated by coach Brendon McCullum, known as Baz. His philosophy of relaxed yet aggressive tactics clearly energized conversations. Last year's word was "permacrisis", reflecting an era of prolonged instability.
By crowning 'AI' as its Word of the Year, Collins Dictionary has recognized how the technology's growing impact transformed discussions in 2023 above all else. Its choice ensures artificial intelligence will remain one of the most influential topics to watch in our increasingly automated future.