27 Jun '17, 7am

'Woke' and 'post-truth' added to Oxford English dictionary

Whether you are a millennial who is tired of getting blank stares when speaking in slang, or someone who cannot understand what the terms in the younger generation's hashtags mean, you now have a cause for celebration: "Woke" and "post-truth" have officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Most people are familiar with the term "woke", which originally meant "to awaken after sleep", but it now carries different social connotations depending on the context. The OED said on a statement on its website: "use of woke in some African-American varieties of English has generated an adjectival meaning that has recently become prominent in general American use, prompting the addition of a new entry for woke as an adjective." "By the mid-20th century, woke had been extended figuratively to refer to being 'aware' or 'well informed' in a political or cultural sense. ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/woke-and-post-tr...

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