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Post-truth, a word for Brexit and Trump era

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>> Is our Independence Day.>>
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Post-truth, what does it mean?>> It's used to refer to a situation in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion or personal belief.>> Political analysts would say that's a trait of Britain's EU referendum and the US presidential campaign.>> In the context of the American election, and in the context of the EU referendum, we have seen a massive increase in use this year.
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We've seen something like 2,000% increase in usage over the past year, looking at both online sources and print sources.>> As the winner, post-truth has now been given word status in the online version of the Oxford Dictionary. Perhaps unsurprisingly other words with political connotations made the short list for their word of the year.
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Brexiteer and alt-right might go without saying. And British Prime Minister Theresa May's ears might be burning with glass cliff. Describing a woman or minority groups as sent to leadership in challenging circumstances. But it's not all hard politics. Also, in the top ten, adulting. The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult.
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An example, one cash-strapped reporter saving up for a house. In a sharp contrast, previous Oxford dictionary decisions have been less serious. Last year, their choice word was actually a face with tears of joy emoji. In 2013, it was the selfie. This year, politics appears to have captured popular discourse.
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And as Britain negotiates its Brexit and Trump enters the Oval Office, that might ring true in 2017.>>