‘Fake News’ is Now Part of the Oxford English Dictionary
Wed, April 21, 2021

‘Fake News’ is Now Part of the Oxford English Dictionary

 

Contrary to what most people believe, the circulation of "fake news" actually dates back to 1890. This harmful epidemic has become ammunition for powerful and greedy people to use against their enemies. They are willing to pay any amount of money just to alter the truth as it is. 

Because of the term's popularity, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) recently announced that “fake news” is now recognized as an official word. In an article published by the Huffington Post, they reported that the OED announced the real news about it on their official Twitter account. 

 

Photo Credits: @OED (via Twitter)

 

The OED also added that they won’t credit US President Donald Trump for coining the term. The OED explained that this word has been present for more than a century, and it only just became popular again because of its rising and harmful usage. Its reemergence is due to the advancements in technology, specifically in terms of communication. 

In their Twitter thread, the OED added, “Having re-emerged in 2016, the widespread use of ‘fake news’ has contributed to the increasing usage of other ‘fake’ words, such as ‘fakeable’,’fakement’, and ‘fakeness’." Aside from the term "fake news," the Oxford English Dictionary also included the words: “slam-dunk,” “promposal,” and "circle jerk." 

 

Photo Credit: 123RF

 

Meanwhile, other different meanings were also added to the words “hanging” and "steaming." Both of these have acquired new alcohol-related definitions in recent years. The former refers to a “hangover,” while the latter means “a state of intense inebriation.” The Independent UK, a website that provides updated news about business and politics, reported that the announcement also hailed the words “chillax” and “simples.”

The OED also acknowledged the popularity of Hawaiian cuisine with the rise of "poke." This dish includes marinated raw fish served under rice and two popular salads.

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