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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2023 Will Make You Smile

It's that time of the year again! Merriam-Webster's announced its Word of the Year for 2023 is "authentic."

“Authentic” follows 2022’s choice of “gaslighting” and marks Merriam-Webster’s 20th year choosing a top word.

“We see in 2023 a kind of crisis of authenticity,” editor at large Peter Sokolowski told The Associated Press. “What we realize is that when we question authenticity, we value it even more.”

“Can we trust whether a student wrote this paper? Can we trust whether a politician made this statement? We don't always trust what we see anymore,” Sokolowski said. “We sometimes don't believe our own eyes or our own ears. We are now recognizing that authenticity is a performance itself."

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