A term popularised by U.S. President Donald Trump, has been chosen as the ‘Word of the Year’ by Collins dictionary. The U.K.-based lexicographer found that the phrase witnessed a 365% rise in the last 12 months.
Brexit was named the definitive word last year but after June 2016 the phrase ‘fake news’ took over. It is defined as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting.”
Helen Newstead, Collins’ head of language content said, “Fake news, either as a statement of fact or as an accusation, has been inescapable this year, contributing to the undermining of society’s trust in news reporting.”