Gen Z’s ‘Rizz’ Becomes Oxford Dictionary’s 2023 Word of the Year
Gen Z: the generation of people born after the mid-1990s to the early 2000s
The term ‘rizz’ is the Oxford Dictionary’s 2023 Word of the Year. But what’s behind its popularity? Rizz is a Gen Z slang word meaning style, charm, attractiveness, or the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner.
Similar to how fridge comes from refrigerator and flu comes from influenza, some say that rizz comes from the middle part of charisma.
The word became popular among online communities. It received widespread attention when Spiderman actor Tom Holland used it in an interview. He joked about having “no rizz whatsoever.” This sparked a surge in online searches for the word.
1. Gen Z is known for their love of social media and technology.
2. Many fashion trends now are inspired by what Gen Z likes.
3. Teachers are adapting their methods to better connect with Gen Z students.
Oxford names ‘rizz’ word of the year