Earlier today, we learned that the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” the word of the year — a year that has played host to a litany of tragedies and celebrity deaths that include Bowie, Prince and Gene Wilder. But posterity will likely remember 2016 as a political season that ripped the shower curtain of political correctness away from the United States, leaving it naked and shivering.
This political season was frequently not driven by objective facts. News did not come from journalists relentlessly fact-checking data. Instead, hearsay and speculation dominated the airwaves. The Pew Research center stated that 63 percent of adults get their news from Facebook, up from 47 percent in 2013. And in this new era, the Oxford English Dictionary is not the authority it once was. UrbanDictionary.com is the defining site to capture the mood of the nation. Rather than WASPy men in suits, UrbanDictionary’s definitions are entered by kids. If Britannica’s seriousness has been replaced by Wikipedia, Oxford’s playfulness has been replaced by UrbanDictionary’s lewdness. Here’s what the website had to say about the 2016 election.
While Trumpism fascinated the world and almost half the voting nation turned out for the real estate mogul, UrbanDictionary had a different outlook on the Donald. In moments of seriousness, they opted for crass satire. Here are a few of the heavy hitters.
While Trump definitely took it on the chin online, Hillary didn’t have an easy time herself. Because, as we found out, there are plenty of people aboard the Trump train.
Oh America, the internet was so proud of you, electing a charismatic black man. But alas, there seems to be no middle ground for opinions on his successor. And UrbanDictionary had some strong feelings on our president-elect