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Merriam-Webster names 'authentic' as word of the year

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"Authentic" has several shades of meaning including "not false or imitation,"

The sock puppets on social media might like to take note.

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............ should "speak authentically" on social media.

Strange phraseology but given where it's coming from I'm not surprised.

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Authenticity is everything. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

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"deepfake," "rizz" (young-people speak for charisma)  and "coronation" for honors as the word that most often sent people to the dictionary.

I can kind of understand why for the first two, but for coronation?

At a world government summit in Dubai in February, the outspoken owner of X, the former Twitter, said executives and government leaders should "speak authentically" on social media.

He's asking way too of them.

"It ends up sounding somewhat stiff and not real."

This pretty much sums up most marketing and investor relations materials from Japanese companies when translated directly into English.

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And next year AI aka "unauthentic"?

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I can kind of understand why for the first two, but for coronation?

So nothing comes to mind about 2023 and coronation?

Completely missed the point of Bad Haircut's post.

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Elon Musk said executives and government leaders should "speak authentically”

Inauthentic usage.

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authentic is a word that has been meant to mean "I want you to believe my crazy lies" or "I'm going to say something nasty that you won't like".

Authentically, I'm not a fan of that word.

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Ironic considering that the GQP is getting ready to nominate the most inauthentic person ever.

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At a world government summit in Dubai in February, the outspoken owner of X, the former Twitter, said executives and government leaders should "speak authentically" on social media.

Maybe don't throw stones if you live in a glasshouse.

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Bad Haircut

"deepfake," "rizz" (young-people speak for charisma) and "coronation" for honors as the word that most often sent people to the dictionary.

I can kind of understand why for the first two, but for coronation?

I'll give you a clue: King Charles.

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I can kind of understand why for the first two, but for coronation?

I'll give you a clue: King Charles.

Completely missed the point of Bad Haircut's post Part II.

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Completely missed the point of Bad Haircut's post.

Completely missed the point of Bad Haircut's post Part II.

What is to miss? a huge event reported around the globe obviously drive people to search for the meaning of a central word in that event, specially when it is a term not routinely used.

It should be obvious why it became a "word that most often sent people to the dictionary" there is no point in pretending this is something strange or unexpected.

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"Coronation" is a common word which is why Bad Haircut was surprised people had to look it up. Does this really need to be spoonfed to you?

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"Coronation" is a common word which is why Bad Haircut was surprised people had to look it up. Does this really need to be spoonfed to you?

How does this contradict the explanation given? people look for words in a dictionary for a lot of reason, so one word that is not commonly used in daily life becoming frequently searched is not difficult to understand.

Again, there is no "reading comprehension" problem with thinking this is normal and expected, the article itself makes no effort in explaining this happening since it is a natural development.

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This is the comment in question chief.

I can kind of understand why for the first two, but for coronation?

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And the same explanation keeps being valid and clearly explains why is included in the list for anybody with common sense.

How does this contradict the explanation given? people look for words in a dictionary for a lot of reason, so one word that is not commonly used in daily life becoming frequently searched is not difficult to understand.

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Good word, authentic. Origins date back many centuries. Therein, however, lies a popular trap in usage that many will fall into, by using ‘authentic’ instead of ‘genuine.’ Richard Chenevix Trench pointed the trap out to us, many years ago (with some obvious satisfaction), that your 'genuine' work will be one written by the author whose name it bears (thus being from an undisputed origin, and not forged), while your 'authentic' work will be one which relates truthfully those matters of which it treats (hence being a truthful record of the events which it professes to relate). Words can matter.

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