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‘Authentic’, Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

In a world where image manipulation and disinformation continue to spread, the adjective “authentic” was the most searched word in the US in the digital version of the Merriam-Webster English dictionary, the website’s editorial team announced yesterday Monday.

The entry of that particular word was the one most consulted by usersthe editorial team of the digital edition of the dictionary said in a post, judging that the event reflects Americans’ concerns about artificial intelligence, identity, or social networking sites.

As pointed out in the text, celebrities with huge exposure, such as singer Taylor Swift, insisted this year on the importance of being authentic.

Meanwhile, tycoon Elon Musk, who is also often in the media, called on leaders and decision-makers to express themselves on social networking sites “in an authentic way.”

The word entry outnumbered searches for the word “deepfake,” which describes the persuasive falsification of audio or video content.

Among the entries with the most searches and visits is also the word “coronation”, interest took off during the period when the monarch Charles III ascended the throne in the United Kingdom, in May, always according to the editorial team of the dictionary with the AFP and the Athens News Agency.

Source: News Beast

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