Oxford Dictionary Names ‘Goblin Mode’ As Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionary Names Goblin Mode As Word of the Year

William Du, Editor

In an unsurprising turn of events, Oxford Dictionary has named ‘Goblin Mode’ the Word of the Year. This term was first coined by gamers to describe a state of mind in which they become incredibly powerful and unstoppable. “Goblin Mode” can be triggered by many things, such as playing for an extended period of time or becoming emotionally invested in the game. Basically, it’s when you’re so excited and focused on getting everything done that you become a bit like a goblin: grumpy, sleep-deprived, and ready to snap at anyone who gets in your way.  (See “hangry” for a parallel state of being).

What exactly does “Goblin Mode” mean? According to Oxford, it is used humorously to describe a person who is grumpy and ill-tempered, especially when asked a question or given an instruction. In other words, it’s that cranky guy who makes life extra difficult by always harping on the details. Or it could be someone whose enthusiasm for their work seems to ebb away in the presence of others. In case you hadn’t guessed already, this term derives from fantasy fiction – goblins being often depicted as mischievous and unfriendly creatures! Whether applied to co-workers or bosses, friends or family members, “Goblin Mode” is sure to enliven many conversations this holiday season!

“Goblin Mode” is believed to have originated from the video game World of Warcraft, in which players would enter into a focused state in order to complete quests and level-up their characters. While most people don’t associate the world of gaming with productivity and real-world accomplishments, the concept of “Goblin Mode” has become an internet phenomenon. “Goblin Mode” traditionally refers to a state of extreme focus in which players would enter “the zone” in order to progress quickly and complete quests to level-up their characters. Nowadays, the term applies not only to gaming, but also just about any other situation or task that requires intense concentration. While this mode may be great for crushing those levels or completing daunting projects, it doesn’t quite lend itself well to anything involving communicating with other humans. Plus, nobody wants to look like a goblin after spending too much time in the same chair focusing on one task for hours on end.

In recent years, “Goblin Mode” has swept the nation, which may explain it’s rise to Word of the Year. People from all walks of life have adopted the “goblin mode” lifestyle in pursuit of success. Whether you’re a student who has to ace an exam or a worker who needs to hit a hard deadline, this is the way to get it done. Those who embrace (or fall victim to) “goblin mode” know that when it comes to their workload, it’s all or nothing! With unwavering focus and determination, they slash through obstacles like a rampaging horde of (you guessed it) goblins, knocking out projects and homework assignments before you can say “Curses!”