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Oxford Dictionaries announces post-truth as its word of the year

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The Oxford Dictionaries have officially settled on its 2016 international word of the year: “post-truth,” 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.”

According to analysis by the Oxford English Corpus, which collects almost 150 million words in written and spoken English, usage of the word increased by 2,000 percent in June following UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump securing the Republican nomination for president.

Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year is chosen to reflect how language is used in each passing year. “Post-truth” follows last year’s controversial choice of the “face with tears of joy emoji.” Other contenders for this year’s word included “alt-right,” “adulting,” “glass cliff,” and “woke.”

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