Words of the Year

As 2016 draws to a close, dictionaries make their picks for Word of the Year. Below is a round-up of their choices, including links to their reasons.

Cambridge: paranoid, adj. 

feeling extremely nervous and worried because you believe that other people do not like you or are trying to harm you

Collins: Brexit, n.

the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

Dictionary.com: xenophobia, n.

1. fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers
2. fear or dislike of the customs, dress, etc. of people who are culturally different from oneself

Macmillan: elite, n.

1. a small group of people who have a lot of advantages and keep the most power and influence
2. the best or most skillful people in a group

Merriam-Webster: surreal, adj.

marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream

Oxford: post-truth, adj.

Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief

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