Friday, November 18, 2016

And the OED Word of the Year 2016 is....


What is post-truth?

Post-truth is "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’.

Why is it the Word of the Year 2016?

Basically, although the term has been around since the 1990's, it has really taken off in 2016 in the context of global politics.  According to OD, "Oxford Dictionaries has seen a spike in frequency this year in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States. It has also become associated with a particular noun, in the phrase post-truth politics."

Does this have anything to do with libraries?

Absolutely!  Libraries are many things to many people, but one of our most important jobs is to be a place where people can investigate, research, and find out more about topics that are interesting and important to other words, libraries are a place where we search for truth.  To hear that post-truth has become popular is a bit disconcerting.  On the other hand, libraries are now more vital than ever to ensure that people have access to authoritative, timely, and scholarly information.  And we will keep providing it!

Okay, back to the fun stuff.  What other words were in the running?

Adulting:  Do I have to adult today?

Woke:  Who is your favorite woke bae?

Coulrophobia:  I didn't realize I had coulrophobia until all those clowns started scaring people at Halloween!

Further reading:

Dreid, Nadia. "Meet the professor who's trying to help you steer clear of clickbait." (2016).  The Chronicle of Higher Education. LINK.

Fox, Claire. "In defence of post-truth politics: is it really a betrayal of democracy to vote with your heart?." Spectator 18 (2016). Literature Resource Center. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.  LINK.

Metz, Steve. "Science Practice In The Post-Truth Era." The Science Teacher 6 (2016): Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.  LINK.

Reader, Ruth.  "How We Got to Post-Truth." (2016).  Fast Company.  LINK.

Schuessler, Jennifer.  "The Word of the Year:  Can You Believe It?"  (2016).  The New York Times.  LINK.

Viner, Katharine. "Long Read:  How Technology Disrupted the Truth." (2016).  The Guardian.  LINK.

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