The Oxford Dictionaries declared Post-truth as the International word of 2016. Post-truth is defined as an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals.
This word became especially prevalent this year after the UK’s Brexit vote in June and throughout Donald Trump’s campaign. In fact, usage of the word increased by 2,000% this year compared to last.
Oxford Dictionaries president, Casper Grathwhol said, “It’s not surprising that our choice reflects a year dominated by highly-charged political and social discourse. 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.”
The nine other contenders on Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year shortlist include:
Adulting: noun, informal
The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.
An ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterised by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content.
Brexiteer: noun, informal
A person who is in favour of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union.
A computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the internet.
Extreme or irrational fear of clowns.
Glass cliff: noun
Used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.
A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
A person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina).
woke: adjective, US informal
[Originally in African-American usage] Alert to injustice in society, especially racism.