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Word of the year 2016: Post-truth

Last year Oxford Dictionaries surprised us all by choosing an smiley (tears of joy 😂 ) as word of the year 2015.

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016

And this year, the prestigious Oxford Dictionaries decided that the word of the year is post-truth, 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’.

Oxford dictionaries definition of Post-truth

The contemporary origin of the term is attributed to blogger David Roberts who used it in 2010 in a column for Grist.

The Oxford Dictionaries Words of the Year —you can see a list of the last WOOTYs below— are selected by editorial staff from each of the Oxford dictionaries. The jury or selection team is made up of lexicographers and consultants to the dictionary team, and editorial, marketing, and publicity staff.

Francis Fukuyama on Post-truth Society

A distinctive feature of post-truth politics is that some politicians continue to repeat their talking points, even if these are found to be untrue by the media or independent political analysts.

Post-truth in Spanish

Post-truth en español

Post-truth in Spanish is Posverdad *

La palabra del año 2016 es Posverdad*

* According to Fundéu Posverdad, without t nor hyphen is better than the form  post-verdad.

* Según Fundéu Posverdad, sin t y sin guión es preferible a la forma post-verdad

Post-truth in French

Mot de l’annee 2016 Post-truth en Français

Post-truth in French is Post-verité *

Le mot de l’année 2016 selon Oxford Dictionaries est… post-vérité

*Post-vérité” looks more popular to French journalists (used in Le Monde, Libération, Le Nouvel-Obs, …)

Last years…

YEAR UK WORD OF THE YEAR US WORD OF THE YEAR
2015 (Face With Tears of Joy, part of emoji)
2014 Vape
2013 selfie
2012 omnishambles GIF (verb)
2011 squeezed middle
2010 big society refudiate
2009 simples unfriend
2008 credit crunch hypermiling
2007 carbon footprint locavore
2006 bovvered carbon-neutral
2005 sudoku podcast
2004 chav

 

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Oxford Dictionaries word of the year 2015

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