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The word of the year is....gaslighting

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  1. We Never Know

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    I'm glad no gaslighting happens here on RF :D:p:D

    Merriam-Webster, America's oldest dictionary publisher, has just chosen "gaslighting" as its word of the year. Searches on its website for the word have spiked by 1,740% in 2022, according to the company.

    Gaslighting is the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one's own advantage.

    https://www-pbs-org.cdn.ampproject....ing-is-merriam-websters-2022-word-of-the-year
     
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  2. sun rise

    sun rise Śvāna Dharma
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    It's no surprise at all to me. And it's a hopeful sign because it tends to indicate a number of people are aware of what is going on.
     
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  3. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    That's a formal definition.
    But common usage (especially on RF) is...
    Gaslighting - When you express things I find wrongo pongo!
     
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    Are you sure gaslighting is the word of the year?
    Maybe you're just paying too much attention to it, causing you to be unaware which words really occupy the minds of people in general.
     
  5. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    What?

    It dosent mean lighting your own farts with a lighter anymore?
     
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    There are some feeble attempts. But they don't even bother to change their posts when they try to tell me that they never said what I am criticising. Relying on my laziness to look up the original post just doesn't cut it. And with the search function now functioning again it will be even harder to gaslight people.
     
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    Challenge accepted!
     
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    Hmmm? So can we say Religions are gaslighting??
    I must say some really seem to fit the definition. What do you think?

    When someone says gaslighting to me, I think of the gas lights people install by their houses. The soft glow of those lights really highlight the house. I have seen some with open flames for the light. Further, one lady installed a lighter where she could turn on or off her open flame light with a light switch. She left it off until company came then turned it on before the company arrived. I think the warm, soft, romantic glow of those gas lights will be a much better view than any new found definition of gas lighting.

    Could I be wrong? What do you think??

    That's what I see. It's very clear!!
     
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    Quagmire Imaginary talking monkey
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    They give another, more in depth definition further down in the article:

    "gaslighting is the psychological manipulation of a person, usually over an extended period of time, that "causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one's emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator".

    That's closer to my understanding of how to term is supposed to be used.
     
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    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    The origin....
    Gas Light - Wikipedia
    Excerpted (underlining added)....
    The play is set in fog-bound London in 1880, at the upper middle class home of Jack Manningham and his wife Bella. It is late afternoon, a time that Hamilton notes as the time "before the feeble dawn of gaslight and tea."

    Bella is clearly on edge, and the stern reproaches of her overbearing husband (who flirts with the servants in front of his wife) make matters worse. What most perturbs Bella is Jack's unexplained disappearances from the house: he will not tell her where he is going, and this increases her anxiety. It becomes clear that Jack is intent on convincing Bella that she is going insane, even to the point of assuring her she is imagining that the gas light in the house is dimming.
     
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    Mine too, in seriousness.
     
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