Warning: more politics than usual this month, although many of the links have have a language-y angle.
Post-truth is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2016. The word, an adjective, means “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”; it rose to prominence this year during the UK’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election. Related: an interview with Oxford English Dictionary editor-in-chief Michael Proffitt on post-truth and secrets of the dictionary trade. (It’s not uncommon, he says, for a new OED lexicographer to be given a “rude word” to define.) Hat tip for both links: Jesse Sheidlower.
Marketers rethink how to talk to consumers in a post-truth world, where “facts and reason matter less than they expected — a counterintuitive discovery in the age of information.”
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