Word of the Year: “Big Lie”

Nancy Friedman
4 min readDec 27, 2021
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Throughout the U.S. and around the world, dictionaries, publications, and linguistic societies are announcing their word-of-the-year choices, from vaccine to NFT to allyship. I have a nomination, too: Big Lie, a two-word phrase that has dominated our national conversation in 2021 in ways both obvious and insidious.

A big lie is a gross distortion of the truth, often used for political propaganda. The Big Lie…

Nancy Friedman

Writer, name developer, brand consultant, idea-ist, ex-journalist. Find me on Twitter, Mastodon, and Instagram (@fritinancy) and in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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