‘Post-truth’ is Oxford’s word of the year
LONDON: The Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as its word of the year, saying its use had spiked because of the Brexit vote in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the United States.
“Post-truth has gone from being a peripheral term to being a mainstay in political commentary,” the Oxford Dictionaries said in a statement, noting that usage had increased by 2,000% since last year.
It defined the word as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.
“It’s not surprising that our choice reflects a year dominated by highly-charged political and social discourse,” said Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Dictionaries.
“Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, ‘posttruth’ as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time,” he added.
The Oxford Dictionaries said the word “post-truth” had become “overwhelmingly” associated with politics.
Charlotte Buxton, associate editor at Oxford Dictionaries, said: “It’s tied in quite closely with the social media world now and how people are accessing their news.
“I think it reflects a trend of how emotion and individual reactions are becoming more and more important. People are restricting their news consumption to sources that don’t claim to be neutral.”
A runner-up for words of the year was the British term “Brexiteer” used for anti-EU advocates. – AFP