‘Fake News’ Wins The 2017 Word of the Year


The term ‘Fake news’ is considered the most used word in 2017 by dictionary publisher Collins.

After frequent usage the term ‘fake news’ by US President Donald Trump it’s popularity raised by 365% in 2017. However, President Trump has not been alone in using it. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have included it in speeches, and social media regularly used it in titles and in their materials.

This term officially defining as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting” and it’s will be added in Collins next dictionary edition.

Helen Newstead, Collins’ head of language content, responded: “‘Fake news’, either as a statement of fact or as an accusation, has been inescapable this year, contributing to the undermining of society’s trust in news reporting.”


Who were the candidates?

Among others politically influencing words on the short list there are “Antifa” and “Echo-chamber”. “Insta” – linked to the photo-sharing app Instagram – and “fidget spinner” also were used frequently this year.

Other new words that were included in the ranking – “gig economy”, “gender fluid” and “cuffing season”.

Collins has defined a trending word or phrase for five years already.

Previous winners are

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”.

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