‘Doomscrolling’ chosen as New Zealand word of the year for 2020

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Used sporadically in pre-Covid times, the term “doomscrolling” has become instantly relatable in a year dominated by the pandemic, lockdowns and Trump tweets. And now it has won the seal of approval of New Zealand.

Always keen to embrace new trends, voters chose it from a long list of words, many of which either came into existence, or rose to prominence, during the year.

“Bubble” took second spot in the annual survey by the Public Address website, ahead of #NZHellhole, a social media label that came a day after outgoing US president Donald Trump said in August that New Zealand’s latest Covid-19 community outbreak was out of control, despite data proving otherwise.

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