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Oxford Names "Rizz" Word Of The Year 2023

Are you good at chatting up or flirting with potential partners?


"Rizz" is defined as style, charm, or attractiveness, and the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner, a term thought to be a shortened form of the word "charisma."



If so, you may already have "rizz," even if you didn't know it. The Oxford Word of the Year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm, is mostly used by young people, as reported by Noor Nanji for BBC News.


It was one of the eight words on a shortlist, all chosen to reflect the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of 2023.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

The list was narrowed down in a public vote before Oxford lexicographers made the final decision. Other contenders ranged from "Swiftie" to "beige flag" to "situationship."


What is "rizz," and do you have it? The word might not mean anything to you if you're not Generation Z. But it's used massively online, with billions of views of the hashtag "rizz" on TikTok.


Health & lifestyle: Woman running and exercising over a bridge near the financial district.

According to Oxford University Press (OUP), which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), it is defined as style, charm, or attractiveness, and the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner. The term is thought to be a shortened form of the word "charisma."




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