This was disclosed by the Pan South African Language Board in association with media research companies Focal Points and Newsclip yesterday.
The phrase was used more than 25 000 times in all South African media. The other two contenders were “commission” (of inquiry) at 18690 and “thuma mina” with 5228.
The Word of the Year is a term or expression preferred to reflect the passing year in language.
Language Board spokesperson Sibusiso Nkosi said all findings were based on research conducted by Focal Points and Newsclip on factual statistics found within South African media and served as credible sources.