Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

These tech terms made it into the dictionary's Words of the Year

These tech terms made it into the dictionary's Words of the Year

At least it wasn't covfefe.

All of the words on Collins' annual list will be added to the online dictionary, and considered for the next print issue.

Fake news, a term heavily popularised by US President Donald Trump, has been named the word of the year by Collins dictionary due to its widespread use around the world.

He says it nearly every day.

They officially defined it as a noun meaning "false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news".

"'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: given the term's ubiquity and its regular usage by President Trump, it is clear that Collins" Word of the Year "fake news' is very real news", said Helen Newstead, Collins' head of language content.

Other new words hitting the shortlist included "gig economy", "gender fluid" and "cuffing season" - the latter being when single people look for a partner just to keep them warm in the winter months.

Donald Trump tweet regarding the Apprentice posted early in the morning on December 10, 2016. Then in January 2017 Donald Trump dismissed reports from the CNN news channel about his alleged links with Russian Federation as "fake news".

"Reports by CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue - FAKE NEWS!" "FAKE NEWS", Collins Dictionary on its site to announce the new word.

However, not everyone agreed with Collins' choice.

A number of other words related to politics and current affairs were also in its list of the words of the year, the Guardian reported. Oxford chose "post-truth", picked "xenophobia", and Merriam-Webster threw "surreal" into the ring.

UK-based Collins Dictionary said the term "fake news" has been used an "unprecedented" number of times in 2017 and therefore has become the victor of the "word of the year" nomination.

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