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Oxford 2016 Word of the Year: 'Post-Truth' Rises to the Top

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 01:13 PM

Oxford Dictionaries' 2016 word of the year is "post-truth," beating out other politically charged words like "Brexit" and "alt-right."

Post-truth 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," according to Oxford Dictionaries.

"It's not surprising that our choice reflects a year dominated by highly-charged political and social discourse," Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Dictionaries, said in a statement. "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."

Oxford Dictionaries said in its statement that the word post-truth has been around for the past 10 years, but peaked during Britain's European Union referendum and the U.S. presidential election. The statement said it also became connected with the phrase "post-truth politics."

"The compound word post-truth exemplifies an expansion in the meaning of the prefix post- that has become increasingly prominent in recent years," the Oxford Dictionaries statement said. "Rather than simply referring to the time after a specified situation or event – as in post-war or post-match – the prefix in post-truth has a meaning more like 'belonging to a time in which the specified concept has become unimportant or irrelevant.'

"This nuance seems to have originated in the mid-20th century, in formations such as post-national (1945) and post-racial (1971)," the statement continued.

Oxford also announced a list of words that made its short list.

  • Adulting, a noun that means the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.
  • Alt-right, a noun describing an ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content.
  • Brexiteer, a noun referring to a person who favored the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union.
  • Chatbot, a noun that describes a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the internet.
  • Coulrophobia, a noun relating to an extreme or irrational fear of clowns.
  • Glass cliff, a noun used to describe 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.
  • Hygge, a noun referring to a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
  • Latinx, a noun relating to a person of Latin American origin or descent, used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.
  • Woke, an adjective meaning an alert to injustice in society, especially racism, which rose to prominence during the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Oxford Dictionaries' 2016 word of the year is "post-truth," beating out other politically charged words like "Brexit" and "alt-right."
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