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Last year's Oxford Word of the Year was an emoji. This year, sadly, it's 'post-truth.'

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Word of the Year 2016 - Oxford Dictionaries

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
What should have been the Word of the Year?

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