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The word “metaverse” is one of three in the running to be crowned the Oxford Word of the Year (WOTY) in a competition run by the Oxford University Press (OUP) — the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary.

OUP officially announced the launch of the competition and its three finalist words for 2022 on Nov. 22, with this year marking the first time the public can participate in voting for the WOTY.

“Metaverse” will compete against the terms “#IStandWith” and “Goblin Mode.”

1️⃣ metaverse

Usage increased as we discussed #hybrid working, debated the ethics, and wondered about the feasibility of an entirely online future.

— Oxford University Press (@OxUniPress) November 22, 2022

In OUP’s video pitch for the metaverse, it described it as “a hypothetical virtual reality environment in which users interact with one another’s avatars and their surroundings in an immersive way.”

“The term dates back to the 1990s, with the first recorded use in

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