This has been a year of immense political upheaval, an extraordinary number of celebrity deaths and a clutch of new words. Beyond Brexit, for example, one can disappear into a rabbit hole of Brexiters, Remoaners and assorted other new tribal tags.

Every December the Financial Times chooses our Words of the Year — either created or resurfaced. Last year’s winning words included Unicorn, Trans, and Oxi (Greek for No). This year’s, which you can browse here, include Unicorpse, Brexit and Deplorables.

What words do you think best encapsulate 2016? Share your suggestion in the comments, along with your estimation of the impact you think it had. Click Recommend to boost others’ words that you think are fair contenders. We are highlighting the best below.

Pivot. The word suddenly spread in epidemic proportions in 2016, infecting the language of the media, politicians, think tanks and the corporate world. The biggest surge hit during the US election, with ‘pivot’ employed to describe any real or imaginary movement in Donald Trump’s or Hillary Clinton’s attitudes, agendas, alliances, policies, hairdos, you name it. It has taken over the foreign policies of nations and regions: “The Philippines pivots towards China”, “America’s pivot to Asia under challenge”. In fact 2016 was just one big pivot. Most of the words suggested here are describing a pivot of one sort or another. So I vote for the word pivot. On the condition that I never have to hear the bloody word again!”—Tigerlark

Really? and Why? said with the correct inflections, of course.” — PJF

Post-truth: in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.” — lapsed pacifist

Failure. Failure of David Cameron in his responsibility to lead a sensible debate, failure to address Syria, failure of governments to recognise the zeitgeist, failure of the Democrats to field a candidate capable of winning, failure of the England cricket team to play spin, failure of the England football team to beat Iceland.” — Sukudev

Unpresidented. Obviously.” — the kid

Troll. The US had the first Troll candidate and the first Troll campaign which led to the first Troll President-Elect. The world is now faced with taking a high noise-to-signal ratio administration ‘seriously but not literally’, whatever that may mean at any particular time.” — The Infamous El Guapi

Harambe. A metaphor for the madness of 2016.” — Pablo

Weird. There’s a Spotify advertisement in the London Underground at the moment, which reads: ‘Thanks 2016. It’s been weird.’ Which I think about sums it up.” — Pseudobabble

Populism. The rise of this phenomenon, coupled with the lack of any satisfactory public policy response, has driven - from DC to Manila, Joburg to London - key decisions around the world this year and likely altered the course of history.” — OfJoy

Inequality. The year when politicians suddenly woke up to the number of people who weren’t enjoying the joys of globalisation. On that basis, I’d also put in a strong word for ‘globalisation’ and ‘left-behind’.” — Finlay

“The keywords commanding the most recommendations in this comments section capture the situation quite well: 2016 was the year of post-truthful populist politics. 2017 will see us pivoting away from liberalism and globalisation, thus taking us back to nationalism and protectionism.” — ffelini

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