Where the word “gaslighting” comes from

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Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

From MSNBC to Fox News, the word “gaslighting” is everywhere these days. And while the term is commonly connected to antisemitism, it can also be used in a variety of forms.

Where does it come from and what does it mean? In our second installment of our “Word of the Week” series, we dig into the ubiquitous term: its roots in a 1944 Hollywood thriller, how it has come to be used today, and whether it’s still a useful word. We speak with linguist Rachel Steindel Burdin and psychotherapist Robin Stern. We’ll also hear from comedian Judy Gold and Tik Tok star Miriam Anzovin.

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