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Grant Barrett

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Episode 70:
s of the Year

January 9, 2024


Wendalyn Nichols


Lane Greene


Fiona McPherson


Lynne Murphy

That Word Chat returns on January 9 for our annual look at the words that helped define the previous year. They may be new words or words that achieved new meanings or new significance in 2023.


One again, we’re bringing together one of the greatest panels of wordsters ever assembled for our discussion:


  • Grant Barrett, head of lexicography for and co-host of A Way With Words ( chose “hallucinate”)

  • Lane Greene, language columnist and Spain correspondent at The Economist (The Economist word of the year is “ChatGPT”)

  • Fiona McPherson, senior editor at Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford Languages chose “rizz” as its word of 2023)

  • Lynne Murphy, professor of linguistics at the University of Sussex (Murphy selects the most significant word pinchings from US English to UK English and vice versa)

  • Wendalyn Nichols, publishing manager at Cambridge Dictionary (“hallucinate” was also Cambridge Dictionary's choice for 2023)

  • Peter Sokołowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster (“authentic” was Merriam-Webster’s choice for 2023)

  • Kelly Wright and Ben Zimmer from the American Dialect Society, which will choose its words of the year on Jan. 5


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Peter Sokolowski


Kelly Wright

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Ben Zimmer

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