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Merriam-Webster’s 2023 Word of the Year, “Authentic” “Riz” and “Deepfake” Tops Search Charts

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In a world plagued by uncertainties from AI to political figures, Merriam-Webster, the renowned US dictionary, unveiled “authentic” as the most sought-after word of 2023.

The dictionary, widely accessed online, highlighted the word’s popularity linked to discussions on artificial intelligence, celebrity culture, identity, and the realm of social media. “Authentic” prevailed over contenders like “deepfake,” “rizz” (slang for charisma), and “coronation,” captivating readers and compelling numerous dictionary searches.

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Defined as embodying genuineness, being devoid of falseness or imitation, and staying true to one’s identity, “authentic” sparked debates and deliberations, drawing many to seek its precise meaning.

Celebrities like Taylor Swift embraced the pursuit of an authentic voice, underscoring its significance in personal expression. Forbes lauded Swift for infusing authenticity into her music, accentuating her cultural impact beyond musical talent.

Even tech magnate Elon Musk championed authenticity, advocating for sincerity and individuality in social media interactions. Musk emphasized the value of speaking authentically, rather than adhering to perceived norms, fostering genuine connections in communication.

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This marks Merriam-Webster’s 20th year of spotlighting the most frequently searched word among its half-million online definitions. The 2022 selection, “gaslighting,” addressed emotional manipulation, while “vaccine” took center stage in 2021 amidst the relentless grip of the pandemic.

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