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Because everything is awful, 'Fake News' is 2016's word of the year

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After a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring inside a Washington D.C. restaurant resulted in a North Carolina man taking a gun in to “investigate,” it seemed inevitable that “fake news” would define 2016.

And now it’s official, with the word being chosen as Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year. If you don’t laugh, you might cry.

Pronounced “fayk ‘nyoohz” (for those of you who just returned from Mars), the word became notorious after debates about bogus websites publishing false or hyper-partisan news on social media blew up in 2016. America is now learning what it’s like to deal with a political administration that routinely spreads fake news itself. Read more…

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