Merriam-Webster is an important publisher of dictionaries in the United States.
Each year, the company announces a word of the year.
Their word of the year 2022 is “gaslighting”.
- Abuse of someone is bad and harmful treatment of this person.
- Something valuable is something that is worth a lot of money or something that is important to someone in a personal way.
- If someone rifles through things, this person searches through something quickly in order to steal something.
- The attic is the room at the top of a house just below the roof.
- If a light flickers, it shines unsteadily, sometimes bright, sometimes dim.
- A victim is a person who is cheated or fooled by someone else.
- Where does the term “gaslighting” come from?
a A crazy woman from the Gaslight Era.
b A film from 1944 called Gaslight.
c A government campaign from 1944.
d A play by Ingmar Bergman called Gaslight.
- What could make gaslights in a room flicker?
a If you lived in a house with too many rooms.
b If you switched on the heating in the same room.
c If you turned on the light in another room.
d If you went to the attic to rifle through things.
- So what does the modern term gaslighting mean?
a Choosing to live like people in the 1940s with gaslights and other old things.
b Making somebody believe false things and doubt their instincts.
c Marrying a woman only in order to find something valuable that belongs to her.
d Turning up the light in one room to dim all the other lights in the house.
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