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Oxford Dictionaries' Word Of The Year: What Would You Choose From The Shortlist?

Oxford Dictionaries settled on 'post-truth'.

16/11/2016 13:15

“Post-truth” has been named as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year - but what about the other contenders?

The winning word describes circumstances where emotions and personal beliefs are more influential than facts and its use increased by around 2,000% since last year, the dictionary’s research showed.

This was particularly related to the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as the next US president.

But there were nine other words on the shortlist - so which one would you have picked? 

Speaking about the decision to choose “post-truth” as the winner, Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Dictionaries, told the Press Association: ‘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.

“We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and again in July when Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination.”

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