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Thursday, December 14, 2023

2023 Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year

Aloha Everyone,

The winner of the Merriam Webster's Word of the Year is: authentic.

This selection is based on a word that dominated searches and high volume look up on the dictionary’s website.   Credit is given to stories and conversations about AI, celebrity culture, identity and social media.

On the positive side “authentic” is a desirable quality. Displaying authenticity can amass popularity and inspire others. On the flip side, authenticity could be regarded as a performance, according to Executive coach Rebecca Zucker.

Looking at Merriam-Webster’s word of the year shows our nation’s history. In 2022, the winner was “gaslighting” refers to a form of psychological abuse where a person causes someone to question their sanity, memories or perception of reality. 2021 and 2020, the words were “vaccine” and “pandemic”.

Following words are runner ups for 2023.

Rizz, Deepfake, Coronation, Dystopian, EGOT, X, Implode, Doppelgänger, Covenant, Indict, Elemental, Kibbutz, Deadname 

More so than ever, all of us around the world are interconnected. We are living in rapidly changing and challenging times.

Aloha -- Cathi