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17 November 2016 - 'Post-truth' declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

Publié par Marion Coste le 17/11/2016
'Post-truth' named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
Alison Flood (The Guardian, 15/11/2016)
In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year.
Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”.
Oxford Dictionaries’s word of the year is intended to “reflect the passing year in language”, with post-truth following the controversial choice last year of the “face with tears of joy” emoji. The publisher’s US and UK dictionary teams sometimes plump for different choices – in 2009 the UK went for “simples” and the US for “unfriend”; in 2006 the UK went for “bovvered” and the US for “carbon-neutral” – but this year teams on both sides of the Atlantic chose the same word.

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'Post-truth' declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
(BBC News, 16/11/2016)
Oxford Dictionaries has declared "post-truth" as its 2016 international word of the year, reflecting what it called a "highly-charged" political 12 months.
It is defined as an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals.
Its selection follows June's Brexit vote and the US presidential election.

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‘Post-truth’ named 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
Amy B Wang (The Washington Post, 16/11/2016)
It's official: Truth is dead. Facts are passe.
And this sentiment is so last year.
Oxford Dictionaries has selected “post-truth” as 2016's international word of the year, after the contentious “Brexit” referendum and an equally divisive U.S. presidential election caused usage of the adjective to skyrocket, according to the Oxford University Press.
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Trump inspired Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year
Associated Press (New York Post, 16/11/2016)
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 percent 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.
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"17 November 2016 - 'Post-truth' declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2016. Consulté le 18/10/2019. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/17-november-2016-post-truth-declared-word-of-the-year-by-oxford-dictionaries