2023 Word of the Year: Embracing Authenticity

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The eagerly anticipated Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2023 has been revealed, and it's none other than "authentic." 


Original content by Dorie Dillard Austin TX

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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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

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Comments (5)

Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Dorie and Roy, the word of the year!!!

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2023 has been revealed, and it's none other than "authentic." 

Dec 06, 2023 03:42 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog post by Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Dec 06, 2023 06:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Roy for re-blogging my post! It is most appreciated! 

Dec 06, 2023 06:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to receive your comments.

Dec 06, 2023 06:40 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Roy,

This is an excellent blog to share with others.  We must continue to be authentic. 

Dec 06, 2023 10:24 AM