This year hasn’t been the most successful in terms of sporting events, global news, natural disasters, hate-monsters inheriting the free world, worldwide unity and emoji changes… so when it comes to Oxford Dictionaries allocating 2016 a ‘word of the year’, it was never going to be a good one.
Last year, much to the disappointment of every person over the age of 35, the ‘face with tears of joy emoji’ was the best word of the 2015, despite being a pictograph. Oh simpler, more expressive times.
This year’s word is ‘post-truth’…
As Mashable report, “Defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the news since February, the word ‘post-truth’ has been inescapable over the coverage of both Brexit and the US presidential election.
The nature of ‘truth’ hasn’t been this aggressively debated since literally the 18th century and guess who’s to blame?
The term originated back in 1992 during coverage of the Persian Gulf War. Though it existed on the fringe of technical discussion it has now become a centrepiece on the table of nauseating political nomenclature.
As not to divide the sides any more, we won’t dig into how crazy it is that we’re back to questioning experts and facts but that’s pretty much the basis of post-truth. People’s distrust of the establishment and their ‘facts’ nurtured this concept.
Frequency of the word increased by 2,000% over the last year. The Oxford English Corpus collects roughly 150 million words of spoken and written English from various sources each month.
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Check out the shortlist below and let us know what you would have preferred as 2016’s word of the year.
- Coulrophobia (fear of clowns)
- Glass cliff