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  Media Statement  
 
 

TO: ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS  

16 OCTOBER 2017

STATE CAPTURE SA WORD OF THE YEAR 2017

#SAWordoftheYear
#DictionaryDay  

Today, 16 October 2017, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in association media research companies Focal Points and Newsclip announces state-capture as its 2017 South African Word of the Year. The SA Word of the Year is a term or expression preferred to reflect the passing year in language. For the first time in history, PanSALB and its Lexicography Units have decided to endorse this practice which has been happening internationally.

Candidates for word of the year were reviewed by PanSALB and its structures  and then debated their merits, choosing one that captures the philosophy, mood, or obsessions of that particular year.  

All findings are based on research conducted by Focal Points and Newsclip on factual statistics found within South African media and serve as credible sources.

Using Focal Points and Newsclip keywords were tracked for the period 1 January to 12 October 2017. This media data was analysed to determine the prominence of the keywords within the media and to identify the frequency that they were used in credible print media.

Definitions:
Occurrences – The number of times the keyword was used in the articles.
Clip Count – The number of articles that the keyword was mentioned in.

FINDINGS
It was found that “State Capture” was used 20 231 times in over 11 000 South African newspapers. The majority of the coverage was found in Daily Newspapers, accounting for 68% of the total coverage mentioning “state capture”, followed by Sunday Newspapers at 19%.

The use of the word state-capture has increased significantly in 2017. The concept of state-capture has been in existence, but PanSALB has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of the Gupta email leaks and systemic political corruption.

“We are happy with the choice as it echoes a year dominated by highly-charged political and social discourse,” says Dr Mpho Monareng, Chief Executive Officer of PanSALB.

He added that it does not look like the usage of the term will slow down in the near especially, especially if one takes into account the ANC conference in December. I wouldn’t be surprised if state-capture becomes one of the defining words of our time.’

The Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months. To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media.  On the basis of that evidence, the Lexicography Units will have to find the state-capture.

The Word of the Year shortlist
The Word of the Year (state-capture) and accompanying shortlist have been selected as they reflect the social, cultural, political, economic, and technological trends and events that have been a part of 2017. The list includes words that have particular resonance in 2017.

In alphabetical order, the shortlisted words for SA Words of the Year are:
1.         Blesser
2.         State Capture
3.         White Monopoly Capital
                                                          
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TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS    

13 OCTOBER 2017


PanSALB ANNOUNCE SHORTLIST FOR THE SA WORD OF THE YEAR 2017

#SAWordoftheYear
#DictionaryDay  

After candidates for the SA Word of the Year 2017 were debated and their merits considered, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) takes pleasure in announcing that the following words have been shortlisted: 
1.         White Monopoly Capital
2.         Blesser
3.         State Capture

According to PanSALB the above words capture the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of 2017. The winner would be announced on Monday, 16 October 2017, which is International Dictionary Day.

“The SA Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months,” said PanSALB CEO Dr Rakwena Monareng.  “To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media”, Monareng added

Some of the words that were considered include the following:

  • Dololo
  • Whololo
  • Satafrika
  • Tholukuthi

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Stand a chance of winning yourself 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
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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12 OCTOBER 2017

SA WORD OF THE YEAR 2017
#SAWordoftheYear
#DictionaryDay 

16 October 2017 is Internatinal Dictionary Day. This day is observed annually the world over.

In celebrating this day, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) will announce its 2017 South African Word of the YearWe 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 CEO Dr Rakwena Monareng.  “To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media”, Monareng added. 

We will review candidates for word of the year, debate their merits, choose the one that captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the particular year.  The winner would be announced on Monday, 16 October 2017, which is International Dictionary Day.

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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