Oxford Dictionaries Names ‘Post-Truth’ Word of the Year

By Maryann Yin 

The Oxford Dictionaries have chosen “post-truth” as the Word of the Year. This word features the following definition: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Here’s more from the press release: “The concept of post-truth has been in existence for the past decade, but Oxford Dictionaries has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States. It has also become associated with a particular noun, in the phrase ‘post-truth politics.'”

The video embedded above offers facts about the way “post-truth” has been used throughout the year 2016. According to the OxfordWords blog post, some of the words that made it onto the short list include “adulting,” “Brexiteer,” and “woke.” If it were up to you, what word would you have chosen?