Gaslighting & the Gift of Letting Shit Go

John Blesso
6 min readDec 18, 2022

Looking for an Uncommodified Gift this Holiday Season?

The people over at Merriam-Webster — publishers of our secular Bible — have given the world an amazing gift by choosing “gaslighting” as its 2022 Word of the Year. A lot of people, including me, didn’t learn this word until 2016-ish, before which anyone could be forgiven for having mistakenly thought it a fancy word for torching a fart. If you’re just coming into the fold, “gaslighting” is basically lying (or continuing to work a lie) in the face of demonstrable evidence that plainly proves you wrong…

John Blesso

John Blesso is a writer, performer and builder fascinated by food, politics, and our collective refusal to stop doing crazy dumb shit. He lives in Beacon, NY.