Is it possible to choose a single word that captures the tumultuous and often bizarre year that was 2016?
Probably not. But that isn’t going to stop major dictionaries like Oxford, Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com from trying.
They have all released their selections for 2016’s “Word of the Year” and the results are not exactly uplifting.
The Oxford English Dictionary, which has been in the word business for well over 100 years, chose post-truth as their top word for 2016.
Oxford defines post-truth, an adjective, as follows: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”