We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Slang Term Was Oxford’s 2023 Word of the Year?

Margaret Lipman
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Do you have “rizz”? Or do you even know what the word means? If you frequently use TikTok and other social media apps, you’ve likely come across this term, despite its very recent introduction into the lexicon.

Despite being such a new word—and still unfamiliar to many people—"rizz" has been designated as Oxford Languages’ 2023 Word of the Year. The term beat out seven other shortlisted candidates. So what is rizz, exactly? Thought to be a shortened form of charisma, rizz refers to one’s overall attractiveness and ability to attract a romantic partner.

It’s a word that originated in 2022 with Generation Z, specifically in online gaming communities. British actor Tom Holland, 27, of Spider-Man fame, significantly boosted its possibility earlier this year when he told BuzzFeed that, despite being in a relationship with the incredibly popular actress and singer Zendaya, he has “no rizz whatsoever.” The clip has been viewed over 58 million times and seems to have cemented the popularity of “rizz,” which is notably easy to use in a sentence (and fun to say).

Unlike last year, when the Word of the Year accolade was left to a public vote (which resulted in “goblin mode” being chosen as the 2022 winner), the 2023 selection process involved the shortlisted words being paired in head-to-head matchups in late November. Oxford's language experts then examined the results of that vote, usage data, and "public commentary" to determine the winner.

Got rizz?

  • In just a few months, “rizz” has gone mainstream beyond Gen Z and has been adopted by brands for marketing purposes. You may have even heard rizz-related puns and spinoff terms such as “irrizzistable” and “rizz-colored glasses.”

  • The contrast of “rizz” with last year’s “goblin mode” is striking, with the former being all about positivity and connection with other people, while the latter is about being alone, pushing people away, and behaving in a self-indulgent, lazy, or greedy way.

  • The other words on the 2023 shortlist, which are not all included in the Oxford Dictionary of English, include “Swiftie,” “beige flag,” “parasocial,” “heat dome,” “de-influencing,” “situationship,” and “prompt” (as in an instruction given to AI).

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Margaret Lipman
By Margaret Lipman
With years of experience as an educator, Margaret Lipman produces thoughtful and informative content across a wide range of topics. Her articles cover essential areas such as finance, parenting, health and wellness, nutrition, educational strategies. Margaret's writing is guided by her passion for enriching the lives of her readers through practical advice and well-researched information.
Discussion Comments
Margaret Lipman
Margaret Lipman
With years of experience as an educator, Margaret Lipman produces thoughtful and informative content across a wide range...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.