The Collins Dictionary has named “fake news” as its official word of the year for 2017, and will add it to the next print edition of the dictionary,
The dictionary defines fake news as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting”. The term’s usage spiking by 365% from 2016.
Other political words which saw an uptick in usage over the last 12 months include “antifa”, which is an abbreviation of “anti-fascist”, and “echo chamber”, those who prefer to express their opinions in offline and online environments with mostly like-minded people.
“Much of this year’s list is definitely politically charged, but with a new President in the US and a snap election in the UK it is perhaps no surprise that politics continues to electrify the language,” said Helen Newstead, Collins’ head of language content.
Among others, United States President habitually used “Fake News”, mainly to diss journalists critical of him, definitely contributing to its mainstreaming.
Insta also featured in the oft-used words, used for posts and things related to Instagram.