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That’s right, 😂 is so passé, there’s a new Word of the Year in town.

Oxford Dictionaries announced today that their 2016 Word of the Year is “post-truth,” which is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

According to their announcement, the word was chosen based on a spike in use because of Brexit and the contentious presidential election in the United States. Its use has also increased in politics and political commentary, “now often being used by major publications without the need for clarification or definition in their headlines.”

Other words that made the shortlist for this year include:

  • adulting
  • alt-right
  • Brexiteer
  • chatbot
  • coulrophobia
  • glass cliff
  • hygge
  • Latinx
  • woke

Previous Words of the Year include “gif,” “unfriend,” “carbon-neutral” and “podcast.”

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