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  Media Statement  
 
 

16 OCTOBER 2018

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS    

LAND EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION IS SA WORD OF THE YEAR 2018
#SAWordoftheYear #DictionaryDay  

Today, 16 October 2018, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in association media research companies Focal Points and Newsclip proclaims land expropriation without compensation as its 2018 South African Word of the Year. The South African Word of the Year is a term or expression preferred to reflect the passing year in language.

Candidates for word of the year were reviewed by PanSALB and then debated their merits, choosing one that captures the philosophy, mood, or obsessions of that particular year.  
All findings are based on research conducted by Focal Points and Newsclip on factual statistics found within South African media and serve as credible sources.
Using Focal Points and Newsclip keywords were tracked for the period 1 January to 15 October 2018. This media data was analysed to determine the prominence of the keywords within the media and to identify the frequency that they were used in credible print, broadcast and online media.

Definitions:
Occurrences – The number of times the keyword was used in the articles.
Clip Count – The number of articles that the keyword was mentioned in.

FINDINGS
It was found that “land expropriation without compensation” was used over 25 000 times in all South African media (print, broadcast and online) beating words like Commission (of inquiry) at 18 690 and Thuma mina at 5228.

The use of the word land expropriation without compensation has increased significantly in 2018. The concept of land expropriation without compensation has been in existence, but PanSALB has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of Parliament’s effort to change the constitution to allow land to be expropriated without compensation.

The choice echoes a year dominated by highly-charged political and social discourse. It does not look like the usage of the term will slow down in the near future especially if one takes into account that Parliament is still trying to amend the constitution to allow land to be expropriated without compensation.  

The SA Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months. To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media (print, broadcast and online).   

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11 OCTOBER 2018   

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS    

PanSALB ANNOUNCE SHORTLISTED WORDS FOR THE SA WORD OF THE YEAR 2018
#SAWordoftheYear #DictionaryDay  

After candidates for the SA Word of the Year 2018 were debated and their merits considered the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) take pleasure in announcing that the following words have been shortlisted: 
1.         Thuma Mina
2.         Land expropriation without compensation   
3.         Commission

According to PanSALB the above words capture the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of 2018. The winner would be announced on International Dictionary Day, i.e. Tuesday, 16 October 2018 live on eNCA which is International Dictionary Day.

“The SA Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months,” said PanSALB Acting CEO Ms Angelina Netshiheni.  “To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage was on everybody’s lips and that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media”, she added.


Some of the words that were considered include the following:

  • State Capture
  • Sha sha
  • Kuzobalit
  • On fleek

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Stand a chance of winning a dictionary by predicting the SA Word of the Year via our social media pages. Use #DictionaryDay #SAWordoftheYear to post on social media: Facebook: @PanSALB; Twitter:@PanSALB; Instagram: pansalb_za 

HISTORY
International Dictionary Day was given recognition in honour of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758) and was set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary.  Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

04 OCTOBER 2018
SAWord of the Year 2018 
#SAWordoftheYear
#DictionaryDay

16 October 2018 is International Dictionary Day. This day is observed annually the world over.

In celebrating this day, the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) will announce its 2018 South African Word of the Year. We are looking for a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language. In so doing we create awareness that the business of our Lexicography Units develop dictionaries in all South African official languages is mindful of the universal natural fact that language is a social phenomenon that is forever influx. New concepts and associative terms and meaning would forever emerge.

“The SA Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months,” said PanSALB Acting Chief Executive Officer Ms Angelina Netshiheni. 

“To qualify for consideration we look for evidence that its usage has increased significantly across a broad range of media,” Netshiheni added. 

In 2017 State Capture was crowned as the SA Word of the Year after defeating words like White Monopoly Capital and Blesser. According to PanSALB the above words captured the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of 2018. 

We will review candidates for word of the year, debate their merits, choose the one that captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of 2018. The winner will be announced on Monday, 16 October 2018, to coincide with International Dictionary Day, at ceremony to be held at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape.

During that day the IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit which was started in 1968 as Dictionary Unit will be celebrating 50 years of existence.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE 
Celebrate by predicting the SA Word of the Year via our social media pages. Use #DictionaryDay# SAWordoftheYear to post on social media: Facebook: @PanSALB; Twitter:@PanSALB; Instagram: pansalb_za. 

HISTORY 
National Dictionary Day was created in honour of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758) and was set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary. Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary.

 
     
 

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