Merriam Webster Announces Their Word of the Year
Every year Merriam-Webster reveals its word of the year. After much thought and debate, the dictionary people agree on one word that defines the previous year.
Word of the Year
The word wizards at Merriam-Webster have made a final decision for the dictionary’s 2023 word of the year. You should imagine a drum roll as you read this, and learn that this year’s word has been chosen to be … authentic!
The Merriam-Webster announcement came yesterday and explained, “A high-volume lookup most years, ‘authentic’ saw a substantial increase in 2023, driven by stories and conversations about Artificial Intelligence, celebrity culture, identity, and social media.”
Merriam-Webster’s editor Peter Sokolowski wrote, “The rise of AI helped drive interest in the word. The line between ‘real’ and ‘fake’ has become increasingly blurred. As a result, in social media and marketing, authentic has become the gold standard for building trust, and authenticity, ironically, has become a performance.”
The announcement continues, “Authentic has a number of meanings including ‘not false or imitation,’ a synonym of real and actual; and also ‘true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.’ Although clearly a desirable quality, authentic is hard to define and subject to debate, two reasons it sends many people to the dictionary.”
“As always,” adds Sokolowski, “our top lookups offer a window into the world revealing experiences and ideas that shaped the year.”
Another popular word for the year: “rizz,” internet slang for “romantic appeal or charm,” which is both a noun and a verb.
Also, “deepfake” was popular, as in “an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said.”
Another popular search this year was “coronation,” which you can credit to King Charles’ rise to the British throne for.
Then there was also “dystopian,” “First on Earth Day amidst record-high temperatures, and later in the year surrounding Artificial Intelligence regulation.”
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