'Post-truth,' 'echo chamber,' 'on fleek' make annual list of banished words

We are now post-post-truth

There's a lot we'd rather leave behind us as 2016 slips into the past - certain election results, celebrity deaths, and even some notable buzzwords.

Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University today released its 42nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

The satirical list is compiled from suggestions sent to the university and this year contains words including "you, sir," ''focus," ''town hall meeting," ''historic," ''echo chamber," ''on fleek," ''bigly" and ''listicle."

The influence of the US presidential election and the EU referendum can be seen in the inclusion of "post-truth" and "bigly" (Donald Trump's pronunciation of "big league").

University spokesperson and list-compiler John Shibley said each word received at least 200-300 suggestion, with "echo chamber" the outright winner with 500.

We live in hope that 2017 will be more kind that its predecessor, but it certainly won't be "on fleek."