Every month Oxford University Press publishes the Oxford Word of the Month. This September this word is JOMO (pronounced ˈdʒəʊməʊ’ in British English and ˈdʒoʊmoʊ’ in North American English), the opposite of FOMO (‘fear of missing out’ – a feeling of worry that an interesting or exciting event is happening somewhere else). JOMO is the abbreviation of ‘joy of missing out’ and is used when you’re enjoying what you’re doing in the here and now and not on social media broadcasting or seeing what everybody else is doing. JOMO is about pleasure in turning off smartphones, skipping party time, and settling into a nice, warm evening at home and not caring what other people are doing. The term itself is not new (in fact, it was used back in 2012) but the 2019 version of it is geared toward the current too-plugged-in world.
JOMO is a trendy thing now and let’s see how teachers can discuss and use this buzzword in lessons.