Gaslighting Vs. Goblin Mode.
You may recall a month or so ago when Collins Dictionary announced their cheerful word of the year: ‘permacrisis’. You may also recall that we did a hilarious analysis of how that isn’t really a proper word. No need to go back and read it, just trust that it was really funny – you have my word as both a gentleman and a lady. Anyway, it appears that old Collin may have slightly jumped the gun, as the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries have this week announced their own respective words of the year. Spoiler: one of them also isn’t a real world. First up, Oxford’s winner is… ‘Goblin Mode’, which is a slang term describing “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy” behaviour. We really do think so dreadfully little of ourselves as a species, don’t we? And finally, for Merriam-Webster, we have… ‘Gaslighting’. At last, a real word! Sort of. More of a 2021 word if you ask me, but don’t let that spoil the fun. And if you don’t know what it means: it’s when one sets fire to one’s flatulence. You can Google that. And if you don’t think that’s right, you’re mistaken. Someone must have lied to you. You ought to question the veracity of the very fabric of your reality. And you should PayPal me a tenner.Read Original Story