'Post-truth' is the 2016 word of the year

Each year the Oxford Dictionaries select a word-of-the-year. For 2016, the winning word is 'post-truth'. The Oxford Dictionaries defines post-truth as:

post-truth: ADJ Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief:

Post-truth was selected due to is rise in usage after the recent EU referendum "Brexit" and the United States presidential election. In politics, facts and truth are often lost in the midst of emotionalism and prejudice.

The first recoreded usage of 'post-truth' was in 1992 and it has seen a steady rise over the last decade. Beginning in May 2016, the word saw a huge spike following the unexpeced results of the Brexit referendum. Since then, post-truth has been used throughout political commentary.

There were several other words on the shortlist including: 

adulting, n. - informal the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.

alt-right, n. (in the US) an ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content. Find out more about the word's rise.

chatbot, n. a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet.

coulrophobia, n. [mass noun] rare extreme or irrational fear of clowns.

glass cliff,  n. used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high. Explore the word's history from one of the inventors of the term, Alex Haslam.

Personally, I would have chosen 'coulrophobia'. One can never be too careful around clowns.

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