This social justice buzzword is's Word of the Year has chosen a term new to its online reference service for its Word of the Yeara word that, dice, “acts as a powerful prism through which to view the defining events and experiences of 2021.

Allyship” es’s 2021 Palabra del año, the online dictionary announced Monday. It’s the first time, said, that a word has been named the year’s top term the same year it was added to the dictionary.
The online dictionary definesallyship” como “the status or role of a person who advocates and actively works for the inclusion of a marginalized or politicized group in all areas of society, not as a member of that group but in solidarity with its struggle and point of view and under its leadership.
      Este año, the word was increasingly used in reference to Black and LGBTQ people, reported, as well as for parents working and handling child care during the pandemic, trabajadores de la salud, teachers and airline employees.
        Shows of support and advocacy for these groups in 2021 point to ways in which the term allyship is giving name to ever more nuanced ideas of social justice and is increasingly being extended to contexts of support outside of racial, género, and sexual identity, such as disability and economic status,” said.
          The website choseallyshipbased on search trends throughout 2021 as well as the year’smajor themes,” decía. “Allyshipwas one of the top 850 search terms that steered online users toward the site in 2021, said, often searched with the word “lugar de trabajo” as companies publicly pledged to invest in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
          But the word most often searched along withallyship” estaba “performative,” according to the online reference service. “Performative allyshipdescribes someone thought to be‘playing the partof being an ally instead of actually supporting the people they claim to,” said.
            Related words also in the running for’s top term were “teoría crítica de la raza,” “burnoutand ‘vaccine,” the last of which was chosen as Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year.
            Allyshipwas added to this year, but the first recorded use of its root, “aliado,” dates back to around 1250-1300, the online dictionary said in a blog post, derived from the Latin wordalligāre,” which means tobind together, combine, unite.The wordallyshiphas been used since the mid-1800s, said.




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