What is 2017’s word of the year?

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A expression that has dominated the headlines — and one Twitter feed in particular : has been named the word of the calendar year by dictionary publisher Collins.

“Fake news” may have turn out to be synonymous with statements from ALL OF US President Donald Trump, but it seems the rest of the world has followed match, with its use rising by 365% in 2017.

National politics had a big influence on the narrow your search, with “Antifa” and “Echo-chamber” furthermore taking their spots.

But even “Insta” : linked to the photo-sharing app Instagram : and “fidget spinner” could not defeat the top phrase, defined by Collins as “false, often sensational, details disseminated under the guise of information reporting”.

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It is the fifth year that the word or phrase has been selected by the publisher, with previous those who win including “Brexit” and “Geek”.

As a result, “fake news” will end up an entry in next year’s dictionary.

President Trump has not been alone in using the phrase. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have included it within speeches, and social media has been full of accusations.

Sue Newstead, Collins’ head of vocabulary content, said: “‘Fake news’, possibly as a statement of fact or even as an accusation, has been inescapable this season, contributing to the undermining of society’s trust in news reporting. ”


Earlier Collins’ Word of the Year Those who win

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2016 – Brexit: Noun meaning “the withdrawal from the United Kingdom from the European Union”.

2015 – Binge-watch: Verb which means “to watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession”.

2014 – Photobomb: Verb meaning “spoiling a photograph simply by stepping in front of them as the photo is taken, often doing some thing silly such as making a funny face”.

2013 – Geek: Countable noun meaning “someone who is skilled along with computers, and who seems keen on them than in people”.


The Labour innovator will also be pleased to hear that “Corbynmania” enjoyed a resurgence thanks to common election coverage, after surfacing within 2015.

Other brand new words hitting the shortlist included “gig economy”, “gender fluid” and “cuffing season” – when single individuals look for a partner just to keep them comfortable in the winter months.

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