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.
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