Oxford Invites Suggestions For First Ever Hindi Word Of The Year

In a case of firsts, Oxford Dictionaries will have a Hindi word of the year for 2017. The word selected as the Hindi Word of Year will be one which has garnered a great deal of interest this year.

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Oxford Invites Suggestions For First Ever Hindi Word Of The Year

Oxford Invites Suggestions For First Ever Hindi Word Of The Year


New Delhi:  In a case of firsts, Oxford Dictionaries will have a Hindi word of the year for 2017. The word selected as the Hindi Word of Year will be one which has garnered a great deal of attention and interest in 2017. The word does not necessarily have to be a new word but should reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the year. The Hindi word of the year for 2017 will be announced in January next year. To determine the rightful winner, Oxford Dictionaries has called on Hindi speakers across the country to submit their suggestions. The submissions made before November 29 will only be considered.

After taking in the public suggestions, the word will be chosen by the Hindi Dictionaries team at Oxford University Press (OUP). The team would also be assisted by an advisory panel of language experts.

The panel of hindi language experts includes writer-publisher Namita Gokhle, Indian language expert Kritika Agrawal, journalist Saurabh Dwivedi, senior editorial manager at OUP India Malika Ghosh, and Ranchi University associate professor Poonam Nigam Sahay.

Talking about the implication of the Hindi word of the year, Kritika Agrawal, who is also happens to be the language champion for Oxford's Hindi Living Dictionary, said that the Oxford Hindi word of the year  will help highlight the social and cultural relevance of Hindi language in the present context.

"It is the campaign's endeavour to alter perceptions about languages being a living intangible heritage and not merely a static tool of communication. I am delighted to be a part of, and to promote, a wonderful initiative as this," she says.

Oxford, in its turn, said that it has been publishing dictionaries around the world for 150 years and its dictionary editors in India and other countries have become efficient in monitoring and determining the usage of language by real people. 

"To further supplement our research we're both calling on Hindi speakers across India to send us their word of the year suggestions and consulting with a panel of experts from a range of backgrounds," it said. 

(With Inputs from PTI)

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