Announced by Collins, the word of the year is…fake news. Technically two words of course, the phrase fake news has been declared this year’s winner.
The top spot is chosen by Collins on the following criteria: “as having most grown in visibility over the past year, reflected social and cultural developments, and gained traction for reasons both good and bad.”
Collins monitors word output across all forms of media and by consulting its own 4.5 billion word database.
Fake news, if you have been sitting with your head in a bucket for the best part of the year, is the new ‘trend’ for creating totally false news stories based on no facts whatsoever. It has become big business in the digital world with stories often spreading like wildfire for political gain or other dishonest reasons.
Following hot on the tail of fake news were the next four most popular words of the year:
- Unicorn – it’s true, they are everywhere at the moment, but why?
- Gig economy – an economy in which there are few permanent employees and most jobs are assigned to temporary or freelance workers
- 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
- Cuffing season – the period of autumn and winter, when single people are considered likely to seek settled relationships rather than engage in casual affairs
Despite the rise of fake news, this blog is based on facts alone!