‘Gaslighting’ has been named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster dictionary. The word reflects a behavior that’s mind-manipulating, grossly misleading, and downright deceitful. The search for the word ‘gaslighting’ on merriam-webster.com increased by 1,740% in 2022 compared to the year before.
Usually, a chosen word every year is driven by an event that increases the lookups on the website but this year, there wasn’t a single event that lead to the spike in search, gaslighting was pervasive.
Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large said;
“It’s a word that has risen so quickly in the English language, and especially in the last four years, that it actually came as a surprise to me and to many of us“