Nominations revealed for Japan’s 2021 New Words and Buzzwords Awards

Originally published on Sora News by Krista Rogers

Who knew that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would also spawn so many neologisms?

Another year means another round of reflecting on the ways that human language has evolved yet again. Japan especially loves to look back and pay homage to each new crop of newly coined expressions and the trendiest of Japanese slang through various lists, from educational materials publishers U-Can and Jiyukokuminsha’s annual Shingo Ryukogo Taisho (New Words and Buzzwords Awards) to fashion magazine Egg‘s Japanese Buzzword Awards.

Speaking of which, this year’s nominees for the New Words and Buzzwords Awards were just announced on November 4,

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