'Post-truth' word of year

2016-11-16 16:41
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London - Oxford dictionary editors have chosen their word of the year: "post-truth," a term sometimes used to describe the current political climate.

Oxford Dictionaries said on Wednesday that use of the term rose 2 000% between 2015 and 2016, often in discussions of Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the campaign of US President-elect Donald Trump.

It's often used in the phrase "post-truth politics" and is defined as belonging to a time in which truth has become irrelevant.

Each year, Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that reflects the mood of the year.

Runners-up for 2016 include "Brexiteer," an advocate of the UK leaving the EU; the extreme conservative movement known as the "alt-right"; and "hygge," the Danish concept of domestic coziness.

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