UK Dictionary: 2017 Word Of The Year Is “Fake News”

CNBC reports:

President Donald Trump will be characteristically pleased with himself when he hears that one of his favorite phrases, “fake news”, has been named “word of the year” by dictionary publisher Collins.

Announcing the winner, U.K.-based Collins Dictionary said the term “fake news” saw an “unprecedented” rise with usage of the term increasing 365 percent since 2016.

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.

Last year Collins chose “Brexit.”

  • AlternativeQuacks

    Fake Words!

  • bkmn

    Fake President

  • greenmanTN

    You just know the Tandoori Hellbeast is gonna claim this as a win, what with him inventing the word “fake” and all.

    (He did reinvent the meaning of the word fake, which is now “something I don’t like.”)

  • shellback

    The definition, if I’m reading it correctly, is completely wrong. “Fake news” is real news that the fucken moron doesn’t like.

    • TrueWords
    • Lizard

      Only when used by the fucking moron (and followers). Otherwise it’s a handy term to describe actual fake information disseminated through false news outlets.

    • kelven

      I’m ok with the definition as long as they have the Fox logo as an example.

    • crewman

      The president’s use of “fake news” was a deliberate (and successful) attempt to co-opt the actual fake news that Russia, Bretibart, and other extreme right operatives were planting across a wide spectrum of platforms. Those truly false propaganda pieces were gaining traction and influencing people in significant ways. The media was starting to report on this phenomenon, this actually fake “news”, and Trump muddied the waters entirely and somewhat derailed that story by making “fake news” mean, “News unflattering to Trump”.

  • JoeMyGod

    Their annual clip (above) is always a hoot.

  • Tulle Christensen

    That’s two words

    • AmeriCanadian

      Details details!

    • CJAS

      You beat me to it. It’s a prhase, not a word.

      • Tulle Christensen

        You gotta be fast to get the best comments on JMG

    • Natty Enquirer

      Word doesn’t mean anything anymore. 🙁

    • agcons

      Well, yes, but “phrase of the year” is much less catchy.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    So sad. Not just that it’s the word of the year, but that they got the definition wrong. “Fake news” does not mean, “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting.” “Fake news,” as it has been used by Trump and his supporters, means, “facts that I don’t want to hear.”

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      • AmeriCanadian

        When I catch my cat yawning I try to stick my finger in her mouth. She’s usually caught off guard and startled because she closes her eyes when she yawns and doesn’t realize what I’ve done. 😉

        • greenmanTN

          So basically you’re evil. 😉

          • AmeriCanadian

            That may be a matter of opinion. She’s fun to play with. I’ve learned a lot about cats just watching her. She belonged to my husband at first but I claim her now. I’ve taught her about eight words that she responds to. A dummy she is not!

            P.S. I knew we had a special bond when I was sleeping on the sofa and she was right next to me on the ottoman (pulled up to the sofa). Apparently I began to snore because she placed her paw on my mouth and then pushed hard, which awakened me and accomplished her goal of silencing me.

  • worstcultever

    Even the dictionaries are being dragged down to Stupidville.

    • Southeast PDXer

      I literally blame the word “literally” for this – because some people use the world “literally” to mean “figuratively” and equate them as the same thing. Mostly done by the population of Stupidville.

  • worstcultever
    • Mike__in_Houston

      Yeah, I was wondering last night how the Astros are going to handle that. I hope they do the right thing and boycott The Orange Shitgibbon. Either way, GO ASTROS!

      Baseball is the only sport that I am even remotely interested in, probably because we went to some games when I was growing up. I rarely go to games in Houston, but over the past few years I’ve seen the Yankees in both the old and new stadiums, the Mets in I think just the new stadium, and the Staten Island Yankees, who certainly put on a show, as well (twice even). I go to NYC several times a year, mostly during opera season, but I guess I’ll have to make a special trip this summer to see The Boys in the Band, even though it is enormously depressing.

      I stayed in town last night to see La traviata at Houston Grand Opera’s temporary digs at the George R. Brown Convention Center while they spend the next year or so rebuilding the Wortham which is right next to a bayou. I understand they are still pumping out the 12 feet of water that the theater took on during the storm. Really not bad, considering they threw this theater together in about six weeks in what is basically a barn that recently housed storm refugees. Thanks to a lot of draperies, the sound in this barn came across pretty well, although the scenery was drastically reduced; a couple of pieces of furniture for each scene. Kudos to all of the troupers who saved this season.

      Anyway, there was a question-and-answer session with the lead baritone after the show, and about 20 of us stayed for that. Right when the session ended, so did the game. I had about a 20-minute walk back to my office building, and downtown Houston was going nuts. When I left the office half an hour or so later to walk to my car, it was still going on, although it had died down a bit, partly because I was in a different part of town.

      I learned around 2 am that the Academy stores stayed open late for people who wanted to buy championship t-shirts and so forth. There was a limit of five items per person.

      The Astros must have caught the redeye back, since there is a downtown parade this afternoon honoring them, which may get in the way of my early voting but I’m going to do it anyway (both early voting and at least a bit of the parade). GO ASTROS!

      • Tulle Christensen

        We know the truth Mike, you like it when they adjust themselves

  • Gustav2

    Sam Handwich is on strike?

  • TrueWords

    I am surprised Trump did not try to patent/copyright it to make money from it…

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Fake News Wakes Few

  • djcoastermark

    One good thing about Word Of The Year, is that words of the year are now so passe, so last year, leading to their disuse, except for those out of it.

  • HZ81

    Let me be the kunters in the woodpile—two words isn’t a word.

    • djcoastermark

      ItisifIsayitissostopspreadingyourfakenews. 🙂

  • AlternativeQuacks

    If they wanted to give a nod to the Trump era, they could have also gone with “fake math.”

    • Sam_Handwich

      i don’t even remember Dotard saying that last week

      the lies are too many to track

      • AlternativeQuacks

        I’m really grateful for people like Kyle Griffin, Joy Reid, Seth Abramson, etc., who keep on top of and fact-check Trump’s every word and follow up on it. Also Daniel Dale, from the Toronto Star, has been keeping a running record of all of Trump’s lies; a wonderful service from a Canadian friend. A daunting task, and much appreciated.

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  • Tomcat

    Fake news being the word of the year IS FAKE NEWS, since it is actually TWO WORDS.

    • Rambie

      Would hyphenation help? 😉

      • Tomcat

        No. hyphenation only joins WORDS.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      But isn’t that the point?

  • Natty Enquirer

    From the Collins online English dictionary:

    Definition of ‘word’
    (wɜrd )
    Word forms: words, wording, worded
    1. countable noun
    A word is a single unit of language that can be represented in writing or speech. In English, a word has a space on either side of it when it is written.

    • AmeriCanadian

      We don’t need your damn alternative facts!

  • Tomcat

    Was alternative facts too hard to spell? It is two words also.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Turd Of The Year is more like it.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    Right on time; Speaking of the orange one’s vocabulary…. “statistically”?

  • Sam_Handwich
    • AlternativeQuacks

      Are they removing the homebuyers’ tax credit? I thought that idea got shelved.

  • Bad Tom

    I was really pulling for “covfefe”.

  • Harveyrabbit

    Well if they can use two words for word of the year I can do better and add a new species to the list of known animals at the same time.

    Orange Shitgibbon

    • Danieruw

      Well, a new species of orangutan was announced today. Coincidence?

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Actually, the most used words in the English language are “fuck off Trump.”

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      That and….nope, you’re right, it’s “fuck off Trump.”

  • Karl Dubhe

    Were they trying to be ironic?

  • Tomcat

    I voted for shitgibbons. In fact I added it to my spellcheck dictionary.

  • Hank
    • PickyPecker

      I’d been wondering what happened to those women.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Harkens back to the good old days of Sarah Palin.

    • Rambie

      Who knew back then that she was a scion of the future of the Republican party?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I thought it would be “Allahu Akbar”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT– The ” scientist ” withdrawals 🙂

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Probably not the money in it he thought there would be.

      • Tomcat

        Actually it is the fear of what he has been overheard saying by popalopalus on hidden wire.

    • Tomcat

      Surprise surprise.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Not ‘dotard’?

  • MBear

    Their definition is incorrect.

    As it’s been used, “fake news” means anything you want your ignorant masses to overlook; distraction.

  • JWC

    Let the tweets begin” I got the biggest and bestlyest words I know all the good words”

  • Gene Perry

    FAKE NEWS: Hillary is adopting the ghost of Elvis’ lovechild.
    NOT FAKE NEWS: Trump is a liar & unfit to be Prez.

  • JCF

    “Fake news” being ONE word is, itself, fake news.

    • Gianni

      I was puzzled ’cause I counted 2 words. I don’t think I’ve forgotten how to count, yet. However, we must remember that Donnie has already announced that he created the word ‘fake’.

  • Stogiebear

    I wonder where “Shitgibbon” landed in their reckoning.

    • Gianni

      It wasn’t on their radar. Donnie never said the word. That’s apparently what mattered here.

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  • Kevin Andrews

    “Fake News,” “Terrorist,” “Conspiracy Theorists,” and those speaking truth who are intentionally discounted by the mythologists’ holier than thou bullshit attitudes and actions from their willful ignorance.
    We The People deserve better.

  • Gianni

    How does “fake news” need an explanation or definition? I’m sure that the average English speaker knows full well what ‘fake’ means and what ‘news’ means. The two words put together don’t create anything new that needs defining. ‘FAKE’ is an adjective and ‘NEWS’ is a noun. Adjectives describe nouns. Standard English usage and nothing more.