Word of the Year 2017

The Collins Word of the Year 2017 is...

fake news

Experts claim the Atlantic Ocean is 75% too wet. Pole dancing reclassified as an Olympic sport. The cast of Love Island go on to have long-lasting careers. Non-Emmy winning reality TV star becomes leader of the free world.

In a year that’s been so unbelievable it’s hard to know what is fact and what is fiction, you can rely on Collins to keep you updated on the words you need to know. The Word of the Year campaign is a chance to reflect on the words that have defined the last 12 months and we can reveal that the 2017 winner is….FAKE NEWS.

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fake news

It has been derided by the leader of the free world and accused of influencing elections, but ‘fake news’ is today legitimate news as it is named Collins’ Word of the Year 2017.

The word saw an unprecedented usage increase 365% since 2016.

As defined by Collins, ‘fake news’ means “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting”.

Shortlisted words

See the full shortlist here

Blogs and Quiz

Why fake news?

We delve into the etymology behind 'fake news' and our shortlisted words and their prominence in news, politics, business and society.

Read more here

Have you any idea what 'cuffing season' actually means or why the 'Corbynmania' made a striking comeback in 2017?

Test yourself here
Q and A

Collins does not judge. It merely investigates and records. Until it does judge, and names one of them Word of the Year, obviously. Lucy Mangan explores this year's shortlist.

Find out here
WOTY competition

Enter our WOTY competition for a chance to win your very own 'fake news' mug and poster set, plus, a bundle of the best political and satirical books to help make sense of a confusing year!

Enter here