For the very first time, people can vote for their favourite word, with 'Metaverse' shortlisted for the Oxford Word of The Year 2022.
The voting closes on December 2, and the result will be announced on December 5.
According to the Oxford University Press, Metaverse is a "virtual reality environment in which users can interact with one another's avatar in an immersive way."
The global publishing giant has also noted a four-fold rise in its usage in October 2022 compared to last year's period.
Originally coined by American writer Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel 'Snow Crash', the metaverse has captured people's imagination as a technological marvel that can be utilised in diverse sectors of the economy.
Metaverse, for the unversed, can be used across different sectors, including gaming, tourism, education, real estate etc.
The global metaverse industry is expected to reach $730.5 Billion by 2028, at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of approximately 23.2 per cent between 2022 and 2028.
India, too has joined the metaverse bandwagon in a big way. India has already had its first metaverse influencer 'Kyra', the first metaverse wedding, and the world's first food metaverse 'OneRare'.
According to a new Deloitte report, awareness about metaverse in India is at 80 per cent - higher than the world average.
The report adds that the metaverse can potentially add $78-$148 billion annually to India's economy by 2035.