This year’s crazy political climate has seeped into our vocabulary. Oxford Dictionaries has come out with their choice for 2016’s International Word of the Year, and they picked “post-truth,” described as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
Casper Grathwohl of Oxford Dictionaries called post-truth “one of the defining words of our time,” noting that it is reflective of the “highly-charged” year in politics, both in England with Brexit and the U.S. with the presidential election.
While some may not agree with this year’s choice, at least it’s a word. You may recall that last year Oxford picked the “face with tears of joy emoji,” as the Word of the Year, the first time a “pictograph” earned the title.
As for other words that were in the running for word of the year, they included adulting, alt-right, Brexiteer, chatbot, coulrophobia (irrational fear of clowns), glass cliff, hygge, Latinx, woke. (click here for their definitions)