Once upon a time, the most popular word in the New Year’s resolution lexicon was “diet” and according to some surveys it still is. But whoever conducts these surveys is clearly not talking to the people I know, for whom the 2019 New Year’s buzzword is “purge.”

“What did you do over New Year’s?” you ask someone. “I purged!” they say. I’ve engaged in conversations like that at least a dozen times in the past few days and the purgers sound as excited as lottery winners. “Boy, I love to purge!” testified a colleague who recently got rid of a lot of stuff related to having babies.