2016 has so far been a year many would like to forget, we've lost some true legends, made some drastic political decisions, and changed the shape of the goddamn Toblerone bar. With all these life-altering events to choose from, the folks at the Oxford Dictionary must have had an awful time of it trying to come up with one word that would encapsulate it all, but they have.

The 2016 Oxford Dictionary word of the year is.... (drum roll please) 'post-truth'.

Yep. It means "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief".

Sound familiar?

'Post-truth' is first thought to have been first used in 1992 but the frequency of its usage increased by 2,000% in 2016 compared with last year.

Cultural commentator Neil Midgley said; "The concept of post-truth has been in existence for the past decade, but 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."

Other options this year included;


Last year it was 'emoji'. Simpler times.