Oxford Dictionaries recently announced that they chose “post-truth” as their word of the year for 2016. Defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief,” “post-truth” was said to have been used a lot in reference to two of the year’s biggest events: The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote and the presidential election of Donald Trump. Stephen Colbert has a few problems with this choice, though, and not just because “post-truth” is actually two words.
“Post-truth is clearly just a rip-off of my 2006 word of the year, ‘truthiness,’” Colbert said.
He reiterated the definition: “The belief in what you feel to be true, rather than what the facts will support,” which is definitely perilously close to Oxford Dictionaries’ definition of “post-truth.” Colbert tried to act gracious, though, and imitated an award-show nominee cheering for their rival from the crowd.
Watch the clip below.