2016 Word of the Year from Oxford Dictionaries!

Every year, the linguistic professionals at Oxford Dictionaries compile trends, research, and statistics to deliver a list of words that may or may not be new, but have entered our vocabulary and become a regular part of our conversations.  The words selected come from the political climate globally to generational trends, scary pranks, and technology.  So without further ado, here they are (with definitions of course)!

Winner of Word of the Year 2016:

Post-truth: an adjective 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’.

Short List (Runner-ups):

adulting, n. [mass noun] informal the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.

alt-right, n. (in the US) an ideological grouping associated with extreme conservative or reactionary viewpoints, characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content.

Brexiteer, n. British informal a person who is in favour of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union.

chatbot, n. a computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet.

coulrophobia, n. [mass noun] rare extreme or irrational fear of clowns.

glass cliff,  n. used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.

hygge, n. [mass noun] a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture):

Latinx, n. (plural Latinxs or same) and adj. a person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina); relating to people of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina).

woke, adj. (woker, wokest) US informal alert to injustice in society, especially racism.

If you would like more explanation to the Word of the Year and the short list, the following video may help!  You can also visit the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year site for more information: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year 

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