Oxford’s word of the year is ‘post-truth’

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2016 has been a year in which feelings trumped facts, dictionary says.

Oxford Dictionaries picked “post-truth” as its word of the year for 2016, according to an announcement Wednesday.

This year, both Britain and the United States witnessed divisive political campaigns in which popular frustration and anger took precedence over reason and facts. The word, Oxford said, captures the mood of the English-speaking public.

Oxford defines the term 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 word was first used in 1992 and saw a 2,000 percent increase this year, according to Oxford.

“Fueled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time,” president of Oxford Dictionaries Casper Grathwohl said.

The dictionary’s short-list includes “alt-right,” “Brexiteer,” and “woke.”
Source: Politico

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