What is 2017’s word of the year?

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An expression that has actually controlled the headings – and one Twitter feed in specific – has actually been called the word of the year by dictionary publisher Collins.

“Fake news” might have ended up being associated with declarations from United States President Donald Trump, however it appears the remainder of the world has actually done the same, with its usage increasing by 365% in 2017.

Politics had a huge impact on the list, with “Antifa” and “Echo-chamber” likewise taking their areas.

But even “Insta” – connected to the photo-sharing app Instagram – and “fidget spinner” might not beat the leading expression, specified by Collins as “incorrect, frequently marvelous, details shared under the guise of news reporting”.

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It is the 5th year that a word or expression has actually been selected by the publisher, with previous winners consisting of “Brexit” and “Geek”.

As an outcome, “phony news” will end up being an entry in next year’s dictionary.

President Trump has actually not been alone in utilizing the term. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have actually included it in speeches, and social networks has actually been cluttered with allegations.

Helen Newstead, Collins’ head of language material, stated: “‘Fake news’, either as a declaration of reality or as an allegation, has actually been inevitable this year, adding to the weakening of society’s rely on news reporting.”


Previous Collins’ Word of the Year Winners

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

2015 – Binge-watch: Verb significance “to enjoy a great deal of tv programs (particularly all the programs from one series) in succession”.

2014 – Photobomb: Verb significance “ruining a picture by actioning in front of them as the photo is taken, frequently doing something silly such as making an amusing face”.

2013 – Geek: Countable noun significance “somebody who is proficient with computer systems, and who appears more thinking about them than in individuals”.


The Labour leader will likewise be pleased to hear that “Corbynmania” took pleasure in a renewal thanks to basic election protection, after emerging in 2015.

Other brand-new words striking the shortlist consisted of “gig economy”, “gender fluid” and “cuffing season” – when single individuals try to find a partner simply to keep them warm in the cold weather.

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