The Oxford Dictionaries picked their Word of the Year for 2016 to be (drum-roll) “post-truth”. Post-truth is an adjective, and is defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. The usage of “post-truth” shot up this year.
Some of the other words on the shortlist were “coulrophobia” (extreme or irrational fear of clowns), “woke” (alert to injustice in society, especially racism), and “chatbot” (a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet).
Here is a video explaining why post-truth was selected for 2016.
Did you know?
Some of the previous Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year are vape, selfie, and even the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji.
Image Credits: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com for the word of the year image