Posted on November 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You're not imagining this — Cambridge Dictionary has chosen "hallucinate" as its word of the year for 2023.

But it's not because humanity is more interested in mind-altering substances than it used to be — it's because the word's definition has expanded.

"Hallucinate," when talking about generative AI, refers to how the tool can sometimes start providing false information.

Read what an AI ethicist at Cambridge thinks about this word selection in the Guardian.

And our apologies to Collins Dictionary, which released its word of the year a few weeks ago.

Collins declared "AI" to be its most notable word of 2023, in a decision that probably doesn't need explaining, though the list of also-ran words might be interesting to you to check out.

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