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  Media Statement  
 
 

11 OCTOBER 2018   

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS    

PanSALB ANNOUNCE SHORTLISTED WORDS FOR THE SA WORD OF THE YEAR 2018
#SAWordoftheYear #DictionaryDay  

After candidates for the SA Word of the Year 2018 were debated and their merits considered the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) take pleasure in announcing that the following words have been shortlisted: 
1.         Thuma Mina
2.         Land expropriation without compensation   
3.         Commission

According to PanSALB the above words capture the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of 2018. The winner would be announced on International Dictionary Day, i.e. Tuesday, 16 October 2018 live on eNCA which is International Dictionary Day.

“The SA Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months,” said PanSALB Acting CEO Ms Angelina Netshiheni.  “To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage was on everybody’s lips and that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media”, she added.


Some of the words that were considered include the following:

  • State Capture
  • Sha sha
  • Kuzobalit
  • On fleek

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Stand a chance of winning a dictionary by predicting the SA Word of the Year via our social media pages. Use #DictionaryDay #SAWordoftheYear to post on social media: Facebook: @PanSALB; Twitter:@PanSALB; Instagram: pansalb_za 

HISTORY
International Dictionary Day was given recognition in honour of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758) and was set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary.  Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

04 OCTOBER 2018
SAWord of the Year 2018 
#SAWordoftheYear
#DictionaryDay

16 October 2018 is International Dictionary Day. This day is observed annually the world over.

In celebrating this day, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) will announce its 2018 South African Word of the Year. We are looking for a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language. In so doing we create awareness that the business of our Lexicography Units develop dictionaries in all South African official languages is mindful of the universal natural fact that language is a social phenomenon that is forever influx. New concepts and associative terms and meaning would forever emerge.

“The SA Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months,” said PanSALB Acting Chief Executive Officer Ms Angelina Netshiheni. 

“To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media,” Netshiheni added. 

In 2017 State Capture was crowned as the SA Word of the Year after defeating words like White Monopoly Capital and Blesser. According to PanSALB the above words captured the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of 2018. 

We will review candidates for word of the year, debate their merits, choose the one that captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of 2018. The winner will be announced on Monday, 16 October 2018, to coincide with International Dictionary Day, at ceremony to be held at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape.

During that day the IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit which was started in 1968 as Dictionary Unit will be celebrating 50 years of existence.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE 
Celebrate by predicting the SA Word of the Year via our social media pages. Use #DictionaryDay# SAWordoftheYear to post on social media: Facebook: @PanSALB; Twitter:@PanSALB; Instagram: pansalb_za. 

HISTORY 
National Dictionary Day was created in honour of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758) and was set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary. Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary.

 
     
 

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