Słowo roku 2018, wybór kapituły

Words of the Year 2018 chosen by the Panel of Linguists

The panel of linguists, by a vast majority of votes, opted for the noun ‘constitution’ as the most important word of the year 2018. The same noun also overwhelmingly won the Internet voting. A year before it had come third in the vote by the panel.

The runner-up was the word ‘szumidło’ – a new noun (although previously used in a different sense) – rare and related to a specific political context. The third place was given to the noun ‘smog’, which a year before had taken the second place in the vote by the panel and the third in the vote of Internet users. Other words shortlisted by the panel included niepodległość (independence), klimat (climate), dzban (literally a ‘pitcher’ – a derogatory term for a person lacking any (intellectual) skills, similar to the British informal term ‘mug’), ruch miejski (urban movement), protest (protest) and siatkówka (volleyball).

The panel of experts includes:  Jerzy Bartmiński ( Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin), Jerzy Bralczyk (the University of Warsaw), Katarzyna Kłosińska (the University of Warsaw), Ewa Kołodziejek (the University of Szczecin), Marek Łaziński (the University of Warsaw), Andrzej Markowski (the University of Warsaw), Jan Miodek (the University of Wrocław), Renata Przybylska (the Jagiellonian University, Cracow) and Halina Zgółkowa (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań).
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