This month, Collins Dictionary named “lockdown” the word of the year. This seemed rather apt — runners-up included “social distancing,” “self-isolate” and “coronavirus,” after all — but I think that “performative” should have gotten more love than it did.
Consulting with Merriam-Webster (a better dictionary than Collins by a long shot, it’s worth pointing out) “performative means” — at least in our context — an act that is “made or done for show (as to bolster one’s own image or make a positive impression on others).”
Long a pejorative byword in academic and liberal activist circles, “performative” went prime-time this year as the more woke us bemoaned the performativity of those who made their wokeness conspicuous.
While that’s a silly game, the word itself is useful in a panoply of contexts, including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his masks.
Did you know Biden believes in the power of mask