“Perseverance” – the name of NASA’s Mars rover is announced by Cambridge Dictionary as the word of the year 2021.
The word “Perseverance” has been looked up on the Cambridge Dictionary website more than 243,000 times globally in 2021.
The Cambridge Dictionary reveals the word of the year 2021 as “Perseverance”, in recognition of the global interest in NASA’s Mars mission.
Searches for the word spiked after the Perseverance rover landed on the red planet on February 18, with 30,487 searches for the word “Perseverance” between February 19 and February 25 of this year.
It has been looked up on the Cambridge Dictionary website more than 243,000 times globally in 2021.
“Perseverance” is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “a constant effort to do or achieve something, even if it is difficult or takes a long time”.
Wendalyn Nichols, publishing director of Cambridge Dictionaries, said it “makes sense” that searches for the word spiked after NASA’s Mars rover landed on the red planet.
“The Cambridge Dictionary is the world’s leading website for English learners, and perseverance is not a common word that English students have in their vocabulary,” she said. We often see a spike in searches for words related to current events when those words are less familiar.”
The editors felt it was the right word, given the challenges of 2021, said Ms. Nichols. challenges and disruptions to our lives due to COVID-19, climate disasters, political instability and conflict. We appreciate that connection, and we think Cambridge Dictionary users should too,” said Ms. Nichols.
In January this year, searches on the Cambridge Dictionary website spiked for the words “insurrection”, “impeachment”, “inauguration” and “acquit”. acquittal), as the 2020 US presidential election captures the world’s attention.
This provides further evidence that words looked up in the Cambridge Dictionary often reflect current world events, the editors say.