The phrase ‘Fake News’ which has consistently been in the headlines has been named the word of the year by dictionary publisher Collins.
“Fake news” became synonymous with statements from US President Donald Trump, as he railed against the media. And it appears the rest of the world has followed suit, with its use rising by 365% in 2017.
Defining “fake news” as meaning “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting,” Collins said the word had come top of its annual assessment of the most used words in the English language and will now have its own entry in next year’s dictionary.
The term has become synonymous with Trump who has used the phrase repeatedly to criticize the media, particularly during his now infamous Twitter rants, and what he perceives to be inaccurate reporting.
It is the fifth year that Collins has highlighted a trending word or phrase, with previous winners including “Brexit” and “Geek”.
Previous Collins’ Word of the Year Winners include;
2016 – Brexit: Noun meaning “the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union”.
2015 – Binge-watch: Verb meaning “to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession”.
2014 – Photobomb: Verb meaning “spoiling a photograph by stepping in front of them as the photograph is taken, often doing something silly such as making a funny face”.
2013 – Geek: Countable noun meaning “someone who is skilled with computers, and who seems more interested in them than in people”.