Durban - "Land expropriation without compensation" was chosen as SA's Word of the Year for 2018. The phrase has been used over 25 000 times in SA media. The announcement was made today by the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in association media research companies Focal Points and Newsclip.
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," explained PanSALB spokesperson, Sibusiso Nkosi
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.