“Are you in ‘goblin mode’?”
The Oxford English Dictionary has announced its word of the year for 2022, and it reflects the mood of the past 12 months.
Goblin-mode is mindlessly binge-watching television without worrying about the time. It’s eating snacks in bed without a care about leftover crumbs. And it’s wearing the same pair of pajamas all week while working from home.
The slang term is defined as a “type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”
The term first appeared on Twitter in 2009 but didn’t go viral until 2022, according to Oxford Languages.
It says many people felt disillusioned by the third year of the pandemic and the ongoing political upheavals around the world.
In response, they are rejecting social expectations and making their own rules of how to live.
self-indulgent = ตามใจตัวเอง
lazy = ขี้เกียจ
slovenly = สะเพร่า, สกปรก
greedy = โลภ
announce = ประกาศ
reflect = สะท้อน
mood = อารมณ์
binge-watching = ดูไม่หยุด
crumb = เศษ
pajamas = ชุดนอน
behavior = พฤติกรรม
unapologetically = ไม่รู้สึกผิด