Donald Trump Inspired This Word of the Year

'Post-truth' gets the nod from Oxford Dictionaries
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Donald Trump Inspired This Word of the Year
President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Oxford Dictionaries has taken inspiration from the US election in choosing its 2016 word of the year: "post-truth." How does "post-truth" relate to Donald Trump? Well, Oxford's own definition of the adjective—use of which spiked 2,000% this year, especially when Trump won the Republican nomination, per Sky News—which describes "circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." "Alt-right" and "Brexiteer" were other politically charged words on Oxford's short-list, per the BBC, alongside "coulrophobia," or a fear of clowns, which needs no explaining. (Last year, Oxford's word of the year was an emoji.)

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