What Is/Are the 2016 Word(s) of the Year?

It depends on whom you consult: for Oxford Dictionaries it is “post-truth“; Merriam-Webster chose surreal; dictionary.com selected xenophobia; and the American Heritage Dictionary, while not choosing a “word of the year” features hundreds of new words, senses, and revised usages. All the sites include extensive background information on the works and terms, and provide short-lists of candidate word as well. (N.B., the first three words of the year profiled in this entry all were given additional emphasis due to the presidential election.)


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