Pakistani teenager, Rohana Khattak, has invested a new English word. According to the details, Rohana Khattak won the New York Time’s “Invest a Word” challenge by suggesting a noun for some leaders of the globalized economy.
Rohana Khattak has invented the English word “Oblivionaire” that means a billionaire who chooses to be blind to the disparity and inequality that his or her wealth is creating. The new word is combination of the words “oblivious” and “billionaire.”
The Pakistan teenager also provided an example sentence:
Gen Z’s furor over the so-called oblivionaires who ignore global crises is blowing up on social media, in a campaign being noticed by many global and political figures.
Furthermore, Rohana Khattak also provided an explanation to the new word:
According to Oxfam International, the “world’s 10 richest men more than doubled their fortunes” to $1.5 trillion “during the first two years of a pandemic that has seen the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty.”
We live in an era that has multiple global catastrophes taking place at the same time and inequality to the point that, while millions of children are starving to death, others have more money than they can spend. This egregious imbalance is not drawing enough attention, and we need to have the vocabulary to name the people who, in the lap of luxury, detach themselves from responsibility to the millions of people suffering and in agony around the planet.
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