“Saudade” elected Word of the Year 2020 in the vote promoted by Porto Editora

The vote for “Saudade” surpassed those for Covid-19 and pandemic

“Saudade” was chosen as the “Word of the Year” of 2020, chosen by just over 25% of “the approximately 40 thousand internet users” who participated in the vote online, announced today Porto Editora, promoter of the initiative since 2009.

«Of the approximately 40 thousand internet users who participated in this vote, 26,8% chose [Saudade], a word so often associated with the soul of the Portuguese».

The vote in “Saudade” surpassed those of Covid-19 and pandemic, placed in second and third place, respectively, according to a statement from the editorial group, sent to Lusa news agency.

Covid-19 was in second place, not very far, with 24,4%, followed by pandemic, with 17,03%, according to the publisher.

Outside the podium were confinement, which won 16,23% of the votes 'online', followed by swat (7%), teleschool (2,58%), discrimination (1,85%), infodemia (1,59%), digitization (1,33%) and, in last place, homelessness (1,16%).

This was the 12th edition of the “Word of the Year” initiative, and online voting took place from 1st to 31st December last year.

The list of words subject to voting was built on the basis of «the research carried out in the Dictionary of the Portuguese Language, at www.infopedia.pt, in the permanent work of observation and monitoring of the reality of the Portuguese language, carried out by Porto Editora», and in the suggestions made through the website www.palavradoano.pt, explains the editorial group.

In this edition, according to Porto Editora, there were more than 10.000 voters than last year.

Voting in Portugal took place simultaneously with those in Angola and Mozambique, promoted by Plural Editores, of the Porto Editora Group, which will later release the respective results.

“Saudade”, chosen in 2020, succeeds “[domestic] violence” (2019) to “nurse” (2018), “fires” (2017), “gimmick” (2016), “refugee” (2015), “corruption ” (2014), “fireman” (2013), “entroikado” (2012), “austerity” (2011), “vuvuzela” (2010) and “crush” (2009).