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Oxford University Press announces ‘post-truth’ as Word of the Year 2016

Oxford University Press announces ‘post-truth’ as Word of the Year 2016

25 November 2016

Oxford Dictionaries have announced ‘post-truth’ as international Word of the Year 2016 following results of language research that reveals its usage increased by approximately 2,000% over that of 2015.

The Word of the Year is a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language. Every year, Oxford Dictionaries reviews candidates based on the social, cultural, political, economic, and technological trends of that year.

The concept of post-truth has been in existence for a decade, but its popularity spiked in 2016; a year of political upheaval with the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States. ‘Post-truth’ has also become associated with a particular noun, in the phrase ‘post-truth politics’.

Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries, explains ‘It’s not surprising that our choice reflects a year dominated by highly-charged political and social discourse. Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time.’
 
Find out more about the Word of the Year and see the full short list on the Oxford Dictionaries website.