Gaslighting is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2022

November 29, 2022 10:34 am

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Gaslighting – a word that describes behavior that manipulates the mind, is misleading, and downright deceitful – is the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year.

Searches for the word on increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before.

Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large said gaslighting, spent all of 2022 in the top 50 words looked up on to earn word of the year status.

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Last year’s pick was vaccine.