The word of the year,’Post-Truth’ declared by Oxford Dictionaries, is indicative of the current mood in the country. It is so fitting, in the year of Brexit, Trump and Demonetisation that saw politics move from any farce of truth to emotionally charged irrationality.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines ‘post-truth’ as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” An analysis by the Oxford English Corpus charted the usage of ‘post-truth’, showing that it increased by 2,000 percent in the last year.
Oxford Dictionaries’ Casper Grathwohl told BBC News: “Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time. We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and again in July when Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination.” Grathwohl further added, “Given that usage of the term hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time,”