Posted on December 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

At first blush,’s 2019 word of the year seems to be following the doom-and-gloom theme set by other dictionaries’ picks.

But its editors insist that there’s a silver lining to having “existential” sum up the year.

In its first sense — “of or relating to existence” — it’s often used in conjunction with a threat or crisis.

But in its second — “concerned with the nature of human existence as determined by the individual’s freely made choices” — it reminds us that we have agency and can change things for the better.

Read more about what prompted to choose “existential” for the word of the year on its blog.

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