‘Gaslighting’ Is Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year For 2022
November 28, 2022 9:33AM PST
NEW YORK (AP) – Merriam-Webster has chosen “gaslighting” as its word of the year for 2022.
Lookups for “gaslighting” on the dictionary company’s website increased this year by 1,740% over 2021.
Merriam-Webster’s Peter Sokolowski tells The Associated Press exclusively ahead of Monday’s unveiling that lookups were pervasive all year long.
Typically there’s a single event that drives searches.
The word refers to a form of psychological coercion. Merriam-Webster, chooses its word of the year based solely on data.
Sokolowski and his team weed out evergreen words most commonly looked up to gauge which word received a significant bump over the year before.