World News Tomorrow – Literary news.
Oxford Dictionaries has declared post truth to be the word of the year. In this turbulent year with political, economical and geographical turmoil this word may reflect the desire to see past promises. According to Oxford Dictionary “post-truth” is an adjective meaning: (Quote) “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
The use of the word has spiked during the period of the Brexit. A period of turmoil under which the United Kingdom had given “The people” the choice whether or not to stay within the EU.
At the same time during the campaigning of presidential Candidates in the US the word continue to spike. Oxford Dictionary “word-of-the-year” is, according to them, reflecting on a passing year of language. The usage of the word post-truth had according to Oxford Dictionaries increased by 2000% in the last year.
Both US and UK teams have chosen the same word as “word-of-the-year”. In past years the choices were rather different. This similarity in choice may represent in a deeper sense what the people are experiencing in both parts of these worlds. As the current globalization makes people want to alter the course of history there is this profound wish to find out what really will happen next.
According to Oxford Dictionaries (Quote) “The prefix in post-truth has a meaning more like ‘belonging to a time in which the specified concept has become unimportant or irrelevant’. This nuance seems to have originated in the mid-20th century, in formations such as post-national (1945) and post-racial (1971).”
Beyond post-national and post-racial, post-truth is apparently the next term on people’s mind liaised to today’s world they live in. Post- being the word for ” After a specific situation” like post traumatic (after a trauma) we see post-truth coming up as a term dunring hefty reactions in Europe with the Brexit and in the US with the choice of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.
Post-truth may well reflect the end of globalization, the wish for ending turmoil and find your bearings again. But at what costs? If a word like post-truth shows the increasing growth in usage up to 2000% what is it we are looking for after the truth?
By Editor in Chief