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Last year 'post-truth' reigned supreme as the word of the year, to describe circumstances, usually political, where emotions win over facts and structured reason. 

As 2016 was the year that saw both Brexit and Trump's election, this wasn't an unexpected turn-of-phrase to take the crown. 

And at least we had heard of it before. 

This year, Oxford Dictionary has named 'youthquake' as the word which defined 2017, and if this is your first time hearing that word, welcome to the club. 

The term's definition reads as 'a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.'

The word was first coined almost 50 years ago in the 1960s by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. 


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Vreeland used the term to describe the vast changes in music, culture, fashion and societal normalcies in the post-war era.

For Ireland, this year saw many millennials turning out in their droves to promote the repealing of the 8th amendment, so the term seems pretty apt, even if we'd never heard of it before. 

'Amtifa' and 'Broflake' we're also contenders. 



"Post-truth" has been named as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year.

The word saw a major spike in use in the wake of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's presidential bid.

The adjective describes circumstances, usually political, where emotions win over facts and structured reason. 

The word soared in use by around 2,000% since last year, the Oxford Dictionary said.

According to the BBC, Oxford Dictionaries' Casper Grathwohl said post-truth could become "one of the defining words of our time".

The word is a far cry from the 2015 word of the year, which was the laughing face emoji.

How times have changed. 

"Post-truth" beat out words such as "adulting", "Brexiteer" and "woke" to claim the top spot. 

Danish word "hygge", was also a front runner, which describes a distinct Danish cosiness and contentment.

Collins Dictionary named "Brexit" as it's word of the year, with "mic drop", "snowflake generation" and "JOMO" (the joy of missing out) making special appearances. 


Every year, the good people behind the Oxford English Dictionary release an official 'Word Of The Year' – and this year's entry is stirring up quite a bit of confusion.

To give you a sense of the types of words that generally make the cut, 2013 was officially the year of the 'selfie' which is impressive considering the word was only entered into the dictionary in that same year. 

'Selfie' and 'vape' (2014's entry) might make some sense, but this year's word of the year is sure to get you scratching your heads. 

Without further ado, the 2015 official word of the year is…

While it may be one of our favourite emojis (after the dancing lady in red and the embarrassed monkeys obvs), we are still not quite sure how the officially titled 'laughing with tears of joy' emoji constitutes a word. 

"Emojis have been around since the late 1990's, but 2015 saw their use, and the use of the word 'emoji', increase hugely," a spokesperson for the dictionary explains.

"The 'face with tears of joy' emoji was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015."

So there you have it folks! Mark this day as the day that an emoji has officially been recognised as a word. 

What next? Smart phones being recognised as pets? Puh-lease.