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'Post-Truth' Named Oxford Dictionaries' Word Of The Year

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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 Wednesday that use of the term rose 2,000 per cent between 2015 and 2016, often in discussions of Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the campaign of U.S. 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. The dictionary defines it as an adjective that relates to "circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief."

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 U.K. leaving the EU; the extreme conservative movement known as the "alt-right''; and "hygge,'' the Danish concept of domestic coziness.

With files from Emma Paling

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