Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year Is “Post-Truth”

We’re at that point where all the different dictionaries start naming their “Word of the Year.” Side note: It’s 2016, do we really need multiple dictionary companies? Who’s buying enough dictionaries to keep them all going?

The Oxford Dictionaries just announced their Word of the Year and it’s related to the presidential election, which isn’t any surprise. Their word is . . . “post-truth.”

The definition is, quote, “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

And it makes a lot of sense for 2016, since now, in the wake of the election, people are realizing that social media, cable news, and even politicians’ speeches are much less about facts than wildly passionate opinions.

Here are a few of the other words they considered . . .

1. adulting, “the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult.”

2. alt-right, “an ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints.”

3. coulrophobia, “extreme or irrational fear of clowns.”

4. woke, “originally in African-American usage meaning to alert to injustice in society, especially racism.”