Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday the Word of the Year for 2016 is “post-truth.”
post-truth – an adjective 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’
The website gave an explanation for why it was chosen.
“The concept of post-truth has been in existence for the past decade, but Oxford Dictionaries has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States. It has also become associated with a particular noun, in the phrase post-truth politics.“
Post-truth beat out several other contenders, including alt-right, adulting, chatbot and coulrophobia (the fear of clowns.)