What’s Bedford Thinking? What’s your word of the year? 

December 1, 2023

Merriam-Webster, a Springfield company founded in 1831 and best known for its dictionaries, released the “Word of the Year 2023” this week. 

The Word of Year for 2023 is “Authentic.” 

The company also mentioned 13 other notable words that helped define this year (or at least had a high volume of definition lookups!) 

We’ve chosen five of the listed words:

  • Authentic – “not false or imitation,” a synonym of real and actual; and also “true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.”
  • Rizz – as a noun, “romantic appeal or charm”; as a verb it means “to charm or seduce.”
  • Deepfake – “an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said.”
  • Dystopian – “of, relating to, or being an imagined world or society in which people lead dehumanized, fearful lives”
  • Implode – “to burst inward”

Do any of these words sound like your year? Take our poll!

What's Bedford Thinking? Which word from Merriam Websters notable words of the year most resonated most with your year in 2023? 

  • Dystopian (29%, 30 Votes)
  • Authentic (27%, 28 Votes)
  • Rizz (16%, 17 Votes)
  • Implode (16%, 17 Votes)
  • Deepfake (12%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

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