Oxford Dictionaries has named its 2016 word of the year: post-truth.
It’s 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’.
In light of what’s been a year of extreme political discourse, this choices seems pretty appropriate.
However, the definition for post-truth is very similar to that of another word used aplenty over recent months to describe a certain president-elect: demagogue.
Here is the Oxford Dictionaries’ definition:
A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
It appears the people at Oxford Dictionaries are making a not-so-subtle political statement by choosing post-truth as their word of the year.
2016 may very well be remembered as the year dictionaries started picking political fights.