The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year perfectly sums up 2016

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Wednesday 16 November 2016 09:45
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We don’t need a dictionary to tell us that Brexit and the US presidential election have been so mind-boggling that they're all we can talk about. But it has, anyway.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 has been announced. And the winner is…

Post-truth

This adjective is defined as:

Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

According to Oxford Dictionaries, we’ve uttered this phrase 2,000 per cent more this year than we did in 2015.

The sought-after title is usually won by a word that sums the year up pretty well. In 2014, it went to ‘vape’, and in 2013 it was ‘selfie’. Last year, in a break of tradition, the ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji won.

From the promise of £350m a week for the NHS if we voted Brexit (which was promptly abandoned by ignorance-feigning Brexiteer politicians) to President-elect Donald Trump’s deluge of lies in the presidential debates, it's easy to see why 'post-truth' has won this year. If only anything else from this year made any sense.

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