Do this for us: Go to the Oxford University Press Languages website and vote for goblin mode as word of the year. (opens in new tab)
I ask this because for the first time in history, Oxford is letting you, the general public, choose what their word of the year will be. “We wanted to open the final step of our Word of the Year selection process to the true arbiters of language: people all over the world,” said what is arguably the English language’s most venerable institution.
To facilitate that, Oxford’s “team of expert lexicographers” have chosen three words to choose from for the crown, and one of them is the damn metaverse. Need I remind you? The metaverse is bullshit (opens in new tab). The other choice is #IStandWith, which is one of those milquetoast prefix-ass modifiers I won’t even get into.
So please go vote for goblin mode. Because goblin mode rules. What is Goblin Mode? “The idea of rejecting societal expectations that are placed on us in favor of doing what one wants,” says Oxford. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing here, PC gamers? Aren’t we here to enjoy our sixth consecutive round of a MOBA instead of going to the grocery store? (Amen.) Aren’t we here to adjust the voltage on our processor by 1% instead of touching grass?
Please vote for our lifestyle. Go vote for taking care of yourself and having fun rejecting society’s stifling norms. Vote for not showering today and eating a whole bag of chips and taking bites of cheese right off the block and building a tower of empty drink cans next to your monitor over the course of a 12 hour session. Vote for sneaking in a cheeky Vampire Survivors round during a baby’s nap. Vote for not putting on makeup or brushing your hair or taking off your pajamas. Vote for the energy of trying to enjoy instead of improving yourself.
Because we beg you. The metaverse that CEOs want to sell you is terrible, a worse version of the internet that’s about to collapse, just like all the various absurd ponzi schemes it’s based on.
Don’t do it just for us, of course. Do it for goblins everywhere. Do it for goblin mode.
You can vote for the Oxford word of the year on their website: languages.oup.com (opens in new tab).