‘Gaslighting’ is word of the year

Lookups for the word on merriam-webster.com increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before.

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November 28, 2022 - 4:12 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — “Gaslighting” — behavior that’s mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful — is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year.

Lookups for the word on merriam-webster.com increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before. But something else happened. There wasn’t a single event that drove significant spikes in curiosity, as it usually goes with the chosen word of the year.

The gaslighting was pervasive.

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