Post-truth declared international word of the year by Oxford Dictionary

 Oxford Dictionaries say the use of "post-truth" increased during the political campaigns of 2016
Oxford Dictionaries say the use of “post-truth” increased during the political campaigns of 2016

BBC – Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” as its 2016 international word of the year, reflecting what it called a “highly-charged” political 12 months.

It is defined as an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals.

Its selection follows June’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election.

Oxford Dictionaries’ Casper Grathwohl said post-truth could become “one of the defining words of our time”.

Post-truth, which has become associated with the phrase “post-truth politics”, was chosen ahead of other political terms, including “Brexiteer” and “alt-right”.

It was chosen from a shortlist selected to reflect the social, cultural, political, economic, and technological trends and events of 2016.

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