The much used ( and abused ) phrase “fake news ” has been selected by Collins Dictionary as the word of the year for 2017. The word, made popular by US President Donald Trump in his frequent tirade against the media is defined by Collins as ” false, often sensational, information disseminated in the guise of news report “. The word which is favorite with President Trump has registered 365% increase in its usage since 2016, according to Collins. Previous winners include “ ”geek” ,” photobomb”, ”binge-watch” and ”Brexit”. This years list is politically charged reflecting the major trends around the world in the past 12 months.
Here is a list of some other words that were shortlisted:
Gender-fluid: not identifying exclusively with one gender rather than another
Echo chamber: an environment, especially on a social media site, in which any statement of opinion is likely to be greeted with approval because it will only be read or heard by people who hold similar views
Corbynmania: fervent enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn leader of UK Labor Party
Cuffing season: the period of autumn and winter when single people are considered likely to seek settled relationships rather than engage in casual affairs
Gig economy: an economy in which there are few permanent employees and most jobs are assigned to temporary or freelance workers
“Fidget spinners”, “insta “relating to Instagram,” Antifa” relating to anti-fascist organizations and “unicorn” are some of the other words that made the list.