In case it went unnoticed, Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is “post-truth.” [“ ‘Post-truth’ chosen as Oxford Dictionaries word of year,” seattletimes.com, Nov. 16].
The dictionary defines this word, or if you prefer, “phrase,” as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective (unbiased) facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotional and personal belief.”
Katherine Marin, the head of U.S. dictionaries at Oxford University Press says, “Post-truth is an adjective that is describing a much bigger thing. It’s saying that the truth is being regarded as mostly irrelevant.”
So it seems we are now living in a world where irrational fantasies are guiding decisions and discussion instead of what is actually true. Or as my mother-in-law used to joke, “Don’t confuse me with the facts.”
Over this last year or more, we have heard post-truth rule the political discourse. Will we also have to live with post-truth ruling the decisions made in Congress and the White House for the next four years?
David Nordfors, Seattle