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The Oxford Dictionaries shortlisted Danish ’hygge’ for Word of the Year

It is a feeling that is loved by most, but hard to describe. Nonetheless, the Danish expression ‘hygge’ made the shortlist for the recent 2016 Word of the Year by The Oxford Dictionaries. Earlier this year MPI framed their annual European conference EMEC around the ‘hygge’ concept.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Every year, The Oxford Dictionaries chooses a Word of the Year, which is a word, or expression, which has attracted a great deal of interest during the year.
One of the finalists this year is the Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced HUE-guh with hue as the first syllable).

English does not have a word for this precise concept, which is grounded in Danish culture, where ‘hygge’ is regarded as a defining characteristic.
According to The Oxford Dictionaries, ‘hygge’ is ‘a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being'. Others have stated ‘hygge’ as the Danish secret of happiness and work-life balance.

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A way of being together with your loved ones

On social media, ‘hygge’ is increasingly being used to hashtag photos of candlelit tables, mugs of hot chocolate, knitted socks and woollen blankets, and feet in front open fireplaces.

Fascination with ‘hygge’ first arose in the United Kingdom, which has been gripped by enthusiasm for Scandinavian culture for several years now, but it has also recently begun to make an impact in the United States, according to The Oxford Dictionaries. This year, at least nine books on ‘hygge’ has been published with titles such as: ‘How to Hygge’, ‘Little Book of Hygge’ and ‘The Art of Hygge’ just to name a few.

‘Hygge’ at MPI’s European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC) in Copenhagen

One of the buzz words at EMEC this year was ‘hygge’, which was incorporated into EMEC through Meetovation, the Danish meeting design approach that involves active involvement, creative setup, responsible thinking, local inspiration and return on meeting investment. The delegates were encouraged to capture their ‘hygge’ by writing their own stories and they learnt how ‘hygge’ can give people a feeling of warmth and cosiness with small touches at a meeting.

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About the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

Post-truth is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016, but the shortlist has a wide range of words which have had an impact on 2016, for better or worse.

Every year, candidates for Word of the Year are debated and one is eventually chosen that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance. The Word of the Year selection is made irrespective of whether the candidates are already included in an Oxford dictionary, and selection does not guarantee future inclusion. The names of people, places, or events are not suitable as Words of the Year.

Read more about The Oxford Dictionaries chooses a Word of the Year here.


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