I’m sure you’ve read that the Oxford Dictionary has chosen “post-truth” as its international word of the year. Post-truth refers to “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.
The word’s been around since 1992, when it was used in an essay about the Persian Gulf War, but “We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and Donald Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination…I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time,” the Oxford Dictionaries president said.
Now what Gert wants to know is, what happens post post-truth? Answers to Gert’s Peripatetic Philosophorium please (quickly!)
Among other contenders for word of the year was “glass cliff”. We haven’t heard this one before:
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.