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Oxford names ‘rizz’ as word of the year after Tom Holland interview fuelled rise in use – but what does it mean? | UK News

“Rizz”, meaning romantic appeal, has been chosen as the Oxford 2023 word of the year.

A team of experts and tens of thousands of public votes selected ‘rizz’ as the word which most captures 2023.

And, if you don’t already know, it’s used (mainly by Gen Z) to describe someone’s ability to attract a romantic partner.

The slang term beat seven other contenders to win word of the year, including Swiftie which is, of course, the word used to describe fans of Taylor Swift.

Recorded uses of the word ‘rizz’ have increased dramatically this year, peaking in June when Spider-Man actor Tom Holland was asked about his ‘rizz’ in a widely shared interview.

He answered: “I have no rizz whatsoever.”

According to the Oxford University Press, “rizz” is defined as style, charm, or attractiveness; the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner.

It is thought to be a shortened version of the word charisma.

It’s unusual in taking the middle part of a word for its shortened form. Other examples include ‘fridge’ (from refrigerator) and ‘flu’ (from influenza).

And if you can’t get enough of it as a noun, you can also use it as a verb by using the phrase ‘rizz up’, which means to attract or seduce someone.

Experts from Oxford University Press said the shortlist of eight words and phrases were chosen to most reflect the mood, ethos or preoccupations of the last year.

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The other seven are defined by the Oxford University Press as follows:

Swiftie: An enthusiastic fan of the singer Taylor Swift

De-influencing: The practice of discouraging people from buying particular products, or of encouraging people to reduce their consumption of material goods, esp. via social media.

Beige flag: A character trait that indicates that a partner or potential partner is boring or lacks originality; (also) a trait or habit, esp. of a partner or potential partner, viewed as extremely characteristic, but not distinctly good or bad.

Heat dome: A persistent high-pressure weather system over a particular geographic area, which traps a mass of hot air below it.

Prompt: An instruction given to an artificial intelligence program, algorithm, etc., which determines or influences the content it generates.

Parasocial: Designating a relationship characterised by the one-sided, unreciprocated sense of intimacy felt by a viewer, fan, or follower for a well-known or prominent figure (typically a media celebrity), in which the follower or fan comes to feel (falsely) that they know the celebrity as a friend.

Situationship: A romantic or sexual relationship that is not considered to be formal or established.

Votes from the public narrowed the eight down to four finalists.

The experts then used the votes, language data and public commentary to pick the finalist.

Last year, the slang term ‘goblin mode’, which is defined as a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent or lazy, was chosen as Oxford’s 2022 word of the year.

James Corden on leaving his talk show, flying with Tom Cruise and whether he’ll do more Gavin & Stacey | Ents & Arts News

British star James Corden has told how he felt “compelled” to come back to the UK after eight years hosting his hit US chat show – but says it was “very difficult” to walk away.

In his first interview since returning home, the actor and presenter also spoke about the phone call he received from Tom Cruise to calm his nerves ahead of a Top Gun stunt, and gave his thoughts on whether Gavin & Stacey should come back to TV screens after a “perfect” cliffhanger.

Corden was speaking at a Royal Television Society event, looking back at how he went from being a relatively unknown British star in the US, to a world-famous presenter who has now interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber to Michelle Obama and Prince Harry.

He said he would always be “immensely proud” of presenting The Late Late Show.

Corden said: “What a thing to have done. It is a source of overwhelming feeling and just thinking, I genuinely don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such memories, to deserve such things, and it’s really hard to walk away from, it’s a very difficult thing to leave, but I felt compelled to come home.”

In the weeks since he has been back, Corden said people have questioned why he would choose to be here rather than LA.

“Sometimes you want to shake people and go, I wish you could see it from a distance,” he said.

He added: “I wish you could see this island from a distance. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing, the architecture and the people and the creativity and the things that we make, the size of the country versus its output is extraordinary.

“And I just felt compelled to come home and, you know, to just try and see if there might be one more thing that I can do, safe in the knowledge that there might not be.”

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Corden told the audience that despite being “terrified” when he started on The Late Late Show, his aim was always to create a series that embraced the internet – something he did with segments such as Carpool Karaoke and Spill Your Guts, which often went viral.

Over the years, the show featured the likes of Kim Kardashian, Adele, One Direction, Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John.

Asked by session host Boyd Hilton, the entertainment director of Heat magazine, about his time flying with Cruise, who is famous for doing his own stunts, ahead of the release of the Top Gun sequel, Corden said: “A few days before I had a genuine… I just ended up going like, look, he’s an actor, he’s not a pilot.

“Respectfully. It’s just the two of us in an aeroplane, if something happens… then we die. And worse than that, worse than my own death, is my children growing up and people going, you know who they are? Their dad killed Tom Cruise.

“And then Tom calls and goes, you know, ‘James. Your life is more valuable than mine.’

“He actually did make some salient points. What he said to me was, ‘I would never do this if I wasn’t flying every day. I am flying every single day… You don’t have to worry, you have to just trust me. And I wouldn’t do this going in cold.’

“And then you’re like, I guess we’re going to do it.”

Finally, Corden was also asked the question everyone wants an answer to: will we ever see more of Gavin & Stacey?

Nessa proposes to Smithy on Gavin and Stacey
Nessa proposed to Smithy in the 2019 Christmas special of Gavin and Stacey

The 2019 Christmas special left viewers on a cliffhanger as Nessa, played by Ruth Jones, proposed to Corden’s Smithy – just before the credits rolled.

“I genuinely don’t know if we’ll ever do another one,” Corden said. “I think Ruth and I would love to make something together again… I really don’t know with Gavin & Stacey. I think we feel so proud of that last special…

“I think, in a way, those characters, they live on, they carry on, they’re still out there somewhere living and breathing.

“Their lives carry on and we just sort of get together and open this portal and find out.

“Some people say to me, ‘I want to know what happens’. And I go, so do I!

“I don’t know… Maybe there’s something really perfect about it ending there.

“Can we truly fulfil people’s ambitions for it? I know it’s such an annoying answer, I’m aware of that, but I don’t know.”

NFL legend Tom Brady becomes minority owner of Birmingham City Football Club | UK News

American NFL superstar Tom Brady has become a minority owner of Sky Bet Championship club Birmingham City.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion has partnered with the club’s holding company Knighthead Capital Management LLC and becomes chairman of a new advisory board.

The club said Brady will “apply his extensive leadership experience and expertise” across several areas including the sports science department to advise on health, nutrition, wellness, and recovery systems and programmes.

Brady said on the club’s official website: “Birmingham is an iconic club with so much history and passion and to be part of the Blues is a real honour for me.

“BCFC is built on teamwork and determination and I’m excited to work alongside the board, management and players to make our second-city club second to none.

“I’ve been part of some amazing teams in my day, and I’m looking forward to applying my perspective to create that same success here in Birmingham.”

Brady has partnered up with Knighthead Capital on several other ventures and new Blues chairman Tom Wagner is looking forward to Brady’s “direct impact”.

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He said: “Tom Brady joining the Birmingham team is a statement of intent. We are setting the bar at world class.

“Tom is both investing and committing his time and extensive expertise. As chair of the advisory board Tom will have a direct impact on the club. The men’s, women’s, and academy teams are going to benefit from the knowledge.

“The goal that Tom has committed to own is to make Birmingham a respected leader in nutrition, health, wellness, and recovery across the world of football.”

He added: “Success does not come overnight. It takes time. But when you have great leaders in place everything becomes possible.”

Brady, widely regarded as one of the greatest NFL players of all time, announced his retirement in February.

He spent the first 20 years of his professional career at the New England Patriots, before joining Tampa Bay in 2020.

The 46-year-old split from his wife last year, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, with the sports star revealing it was “painful and difficult”.

Climate activist ‘pours human faeces’ on Captain Sir Tom Moore memorial in protest over private jets | UK News

Footage appears to show a climate activist pouring human faeces on a memorial for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

The 21-year-old woman in the video – described as a former medical student called Maddie – was wearing a T-shirt that said: “End UK Private Jets.”

She targeted a life-sized memorial of Sir Tom in Thistley Meadow, Derbyshire, and the clip has attracted condemnation online.

Austin Cox, who gifted the memorial to Thistley Meadow, has said: “We will be pursuing Maddie for vandalism. We will work with the police to ensure this is taken as far as possible.”

In a separate video posted on a Twitter account affiliated to End UK Private Jets, Maddie said: “People are going to say that he’s a hero. People are going to say that this is profoundly, obscenely disrespectful to his life and the NHS that he stood up for. And I agree.

“I was studying to become a doctor because I believe in taking care of people.”

File photo dated 16/04/2020 of the then 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden. Captain Sir Tom Moore has died at the age of 100 after testing positive for Covid-19, his daughters Hannah and Lucy said in a statement. Issue date: Tuesday February 2, 2021.
Captain Sir Tom Moore died in February 2021

She went on to argue that the healthcare system is being forced into collapse – as well as the climate.

“We’re running out of food, money, water, people to work and medicines – and meanwhile, mass death, mass disease, mass dying,” she said.

The activist went on to claim that, every time a private jet takes off in the UK, “it pours a bucket of s*** and blood onto everything that Captain Tom stood for”.

She appears to be from the same campaign group that disrupted the Laver Cup tennis tournament at London’s O2 Arena last month.

A protester appeared to accidentally set fire to his arm ahead of Roger Federer’s final professional match.

Pic: AP
Pic: AP

According to End UK Private Jets, the 20-year-old involved in that incident was later released from custody with a £180 fine for aggravated trespass.

This memorial of Sir Tom has been targeted before. Late last year, “IRA” was spray painted on to the sculpture.

Sir Tom, who walked 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday to raise more than £32m for the NHS, died in Bedford Hospital in February 2021 after testing positive for COVID-19.

He was knighted by the Queen in recognition of his efforts.