Collins Dictionary Word of the Year 2017: "Fake News"

By Newsroom America Staff at 2 Nov 2017

Experts claim the Atlantic Ocean is 75% too wet. Pole dancing reclassified as an Olympic sport. The cast of Love Island go on to have long-lasting careers. Non-Emmy winning reality TV star becomes leader of the free world.

In a year that’s been so unbelievable it’s hard to know what is fact and what is fiction.

Collins Dictionary said the Word of the Year campaign is a chance to reflect on the words that have defined the last 12 months and we can reveal that the 2017 winner is….FAKE NEWS.

It has been derided by the leader of the free world and accused of influencing elections, but ‘fake news’ is today legitimate news as it is named Collins’ Word of the Year 2017.

The word saw an unprecedented usage increase 365% since 2016.

As defined by Collins, ‘fake news’ means “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting”.


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