Oxford Dictionaries has announced its Word of the Year for 2016:
They say the choice is because of both the Brexit vote and the US election, although the first use of “post-truth” appears to have been in 1992, referring to the Gulf War. The “post-truth” campaigning and fake news certainly seem to have been one reason for the suprising election results in the US.
You may remember that last year’s was an emoji (not the word “emoji” but a specific one):
😂 (Face With Tears of Joy emoji)
Browsing past winners and the shortlists says a lot about current events over the years, and some years have a different winner for the US and for the UK.
It’s a good reminder that langauge changes, as does most everything else in life, so we need to adapt. But it’s okay to debate and fight things — policies, attitudes — that you disagree with.