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Merriam-Webster Declares ‘Gaslighting’ As Word Of The Year 2022. Twitter Gaslights, “Are You Sure?”

December 01, 2022 | by Janvi Manchanda

Manipulation is a part and parcel of our lives whether we like it or not and one of the most common ways that abusers use manipulation to their benefit is gaslighting. It’s not uncommon for abusers to use gaslighting as a method to control their victim. But what does it mean? Well, gaslighting is a method of abuse where the abuser manipulates the other person in ways that makes them question their reality. It’s form of psychological manipulation which makes the victim wonder if the narrative they’re leading is correct of not. It makes them question their memories and their perception of reality. Gaslighting often leads to low self-esteem and confidence as well as questioning one’s own mental stability which in turn allows an abuser to control the victim.

Recently, the American dictionary Merriam-Webster deemed ‘Gaslighting’ as the word of the year as the search for the word increased on the site by 1740% in 2022 as compared to 2021. In fact, Merriam-Webster has revealed that the word ‘gaslighting’ has been in top 50 words that were frequently looked up on the website in 2022. And Twitter has been buzzing with reaction ever since it happened. While we do empathise with all those who’ve experience gaslighting, it’s honestly starting to seem like Twitter is gaslighting the word itself! Don’t believe us? Well, see for yourself.

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Several social media users also took the opportunity to point out how gaslighting works in order to get the conversation going. On the other hand, some people also highlighted how this word will finally help people understand why abuse victims stay with their abusers while others opened up about experiencing this form of manipulation. Twitter also hailed the American dictionary for making ‘gaslighting’ the word of the year.

Also Read: What Is Gaslighting, And How To Read The Signs

Well, we’re loving all the “no, it’s not jokes” and how Merriam-Webster has give us a chance to not only joke about gaslighting and make memes but also to talk about this manipulation tactic that is commonly used by abusers. TBH, we’re just hoping this helps raise awareness about gaslighting and helps people recognise the signs.

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