'Gaslighting' Merriam-Webster's word of 2022

28 November 2022
2022-11-28 19:32

The word of the year for 2022 from Merriam-Webster is gaslighting. It means downright deceitful. Mind manipulating and grossly misleading.

Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster editor at large said "The word of the year for 2022 from Merriam-Webster is gaslighting." "The act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one's own advantage." It's used both in a personal way, often relating to relationships, what one believes about another person. But then it's also used clearly in a lot of political contexts where people are criticized, newsmakers are criticized, politicians are criticized for presenting information that they know to be incorrect. There's also a specific term that comes up sometimes in the news, which is medical gaslighting.

Top words of the year for 2022 include cancel culture; omicron; oligarch; codify; LGBTQIA; sentient; loamy; raid and queen consort."

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