WATCH | In 2015, the Oxford English Dictionaries Word of the Year wasn't a word at all. It was the "tears of joy" emoji.
This year, much more dismally, it's "post-truth."
What does that even mean?
Here's the dictionary definition: "Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief."
This word, alongside "post-fact," came into the forefront as viral news shaped many voters' opinions of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, even when factual reporting contradicted the stories.
Here's an example of "post-truth" being used in a sentence.
The other finalists
- Alt-right, referring to the "extreme conservative" political ideology
- Glass cliff, 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 Danish word referring to a quality of "coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment"
- Chatbot, a computer program designed to simulate conversation with humans
- Adulting, the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult
- Brexiteer, one who supported the United Kingdom leaving the European Union
- Woke, alert to injustice in society, especially racism
- Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns
- Latinx, a person of Latin-American descent that prefers a gender-neutral pronoun
POLL | What would have been your pick?
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