Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The truth is irrelevant

The Oxford Dictionaries has chosen its 2016 Word of the Year: post-truth. It means “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” The word has been around for a couple decades. It was chosen this year because its usage jumped significantly, especially when discussing politics.

A few of the words from the shortlist:

Adulting – the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.

Alt-right – an ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content.

Chatbot – a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet.

Glass cliff – used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.

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