In this week’s Tangential Thinker column, you’ll read about the latest crop of words and phrases that have been scorned by scholarly wordsmiths due to their misuse or over-use. Making the list this year is one of my favorite words, passion. Sadly, I have to agree that—just like the words, ‘awesome’ and ‘hero’—in recent years, passion has suffered its share of mishandling from our everyday vocabulary.

That being said, believe me when I say that there is no other word to collectively describe LN’s 10 Most Dynamic People of 2013. Each of them has passion—the passion to be the best at what they do and the passion to elevate those who need it most.

So while I’m guilty of over-using a word in this week’s Editor’s Note (passion appears five times), I’m sure you’ll agree that our Dynamics truly are worthy of its meaning as Mr. Webster intended.