2023 Word of the Year: Embracing Authenticity

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Exciting news! The eagerly anticipated Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2023 has been revealed, and it's none other than "authentic." The choice doesn't come as a surprise given the ever-present nature of the term in our thoughts, writings, aspirations, and judgments.

While "authentic" has consistently ranked high in word lookups, this year witnessed a remarkable surge, fueled by narratives surrounding artificial intelligence, celebrity culture, identity, and the dynamics of social media. The term encapsulates a spectrum of meanings, from being "not false or imitation," synonymous with real and actual, to embodying the concept of being "true to one's own personality, spirit, or character." Despite its desirability, the elusive nature of authenticity makes it a challenging concept to pin down, prompting many to turn to the dictionary for clarification.

The profound connection of "authentic" to identity, whether on a national or personal level, is evident. It frequently modifies words such as cuisine, dish, self, and voice, underlining its role in shaping our understanding of what is genuine and true. Particularly poignant in the current landscape, the rise of artificial intelligence has blurred the line between the "real" and the "fake," impacting areas such as deepfake videos, actors' contracts, academic honesty, and a myriad of other topics.

In essence, the selection of "authentic" as the Word of the Year for 2023 reflects its pervasive influence in our conversations and societal discourse, offering a lens through which we navigate the complexities of truth and identity in an ever-evolving world.

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Comments (39)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It sure does Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

Dec 02, 2023 04:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It's marching on very quickly Michael Jacobs 

Dec 02, 2023 04:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise Howe ..it is scary the amount of nonsense that is around us! How did we ever get to this point!

Dec 02, 2023 04:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Roy Kelley 

Dec 02, 2023 04:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I agree with you George Souto the word honesty also comes to my mind.

Dec 02, 2023 04:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho ..She did state it so well!

Dec 02, 2023 04:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It's hard to decipher sometimes Kathy Streib what is real and what is not!

Dec 02, 2023 04:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning chef Endre Barath, Jr. ..Your comment did stick this time! Sounds like the gremlins at work again.

Dec 02, 2023 04:31 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

With AI intruding everywhere you are right Brian England . It's harder to find people that are authentic.

Dec 02, 2023 04:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I agree with you Carol Williams !

Dec 02, 2023 04:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You are so right Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 02, 2023 04:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you for the featured post Myrl Jeffcoat , I so appreciate it!

Dec 02, 2023 04:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Googling a word to get more of a definition is what I do too Sheri Sperry - MCNE® . Sometimes learning more about a word puts in a different context! 

Dec 02, 2023 04:35 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I have a lot of concern of preserving "authentic" writing and thoughts with Artificial Intelligence coming in to play.

Dec 02, 2023 07:06 AM
Carol Williams

Me too, faye schubert 
I'm finding it more and more difficult to find authentic original content for my Second Chance Saturday series.

Dec 02, 2023 08:04 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Sorry I initially missed this posting and so glad it was in Carol Williams second chance Saturday posting.  To thine own self be true for me is the simplest definition of authenticity.

Dec 02, 2023 07:24 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 02, 2023 07:00 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Some how I missed this post 2 times. From you and Carol Williams weekly post and I finally I saw it on Kathy Streib weekly post.  Authentic - Genuine has always meant something to me- a lot actually.  I can tell when people are being 'fake', lying or whatever......it's written all over them.  With AI, sometimes it's getting a bit harder to tell, what's really real or not......

Dec 03, 2023 09:52 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

So many people want us to believe that they are "authentic" when they and what the say and what they stand for is the exact opposite.

Dec 04, 2023 05:03 PM
Herbert Boyle
Nemotors - Lac Ste Anne County, AB
this is a game company

@retro bowl Many people want us to believe they are "authentic," even when what they say and what they stand for are diametrically opposed.

Dec 17, 2023 11:50 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

I see I missed this post back in December, but it’s worth recognizing here in February. If only we could see more authenticity in our world today. That would be wonderful. Great post Dorie Dillard Austin TX and congrats on the feature.

Feb 08, 2024 03:16 AM