'Fake news' named Word of the Year 2017 by Collins Dictionary
November 3, 2017

The Collins Dictionary on 2 November 2017 named 'Fake news' as the Word of the Year 2017 due to its widespread use around the world. The term 'Fake news' was popularised by US President Donald Trump.

'Fake news' takes over the term 'Brexit' which was named as the definitive word in 2016 after the June 2016 referendum in favour of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Key Highlights

• UK-based lexicographer found that the use of term 'fake news' registered a 365 per cent rise in the last one year.
• The term 'Fake news' is defined as 'false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting'.
• Either as a statement of fact or as an accusation, the term 'Fake news' has been inescapable this year, contributing to the undermining of society’s trust in news reporting.

Other shortlisted words for 2017 Word of the Year

• 'Unicorn'
- It is defined as an imaginary creature depicted as a white horse with one long spiralled horn growing from its forehead, regarded as symbol of innocence and purity. 
• 'Echo chamber'- It is defined as a situation where any statement of opinion is likely to be welcomed with approval.
• 'Gig economy' - It is defined as an economy in which there are few permanent employees and most jobs are assigned to temporary or freelance workers.
• 'Cuffing season' - It is defined as the period of autumn and winter, when single people seek settled relationships rather than casual affairs.
• 'Insta' - It is related to the photo-sharing application Instagram.