Sunday, November 20, 2016

Post-Truth: More American Than British?

Even though the Oxford English Dictionary has awarded it the title of 2016’s International Word of the Year – is “post-truth” more apt in describing the ongoing political situation in America than in Britain?

By: Ringo Bones 

Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2016 is “Post-Truth” – which it describes as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. Even though the word has been around since last year, its usage has spiked by around 2,000-percent this year and usually pertaining to the subject of Brexit and the election of the soc-called American political outsider named Donald J. Trump into the White House during the 2016 US Presidential Elections. 

Even though the word’s connotations can scare the hell out of most individuals over 40 who have lived through the most harrowing events of recent history, worse still, to those afflicted with age-related macular degeneration, the word “post-truth” eerily resembles “Post-Trump” which could drive those endangered by the upcoming Trump presidency to shore up their own resolve. Some say this is scarier than the fact that Donald J. Trump is America’s first paedophile president.