‘I guess other people have used it perhaps over the years’ … Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland in February. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US President, Donald Trump is known for saying a lot of things and one which he often darts at media agencies when he is unpleased with a report from them is the popular “fake news”.

Using this phrase has caused President Trump a lot of criticism but something “good” has finally come out of it.

U.K.-based Collins Dictionary announced that the controversial phrase “fake news” has won the award for word of the year with an amazing rise with usage of the term increasing 365 percent since 2016.

By this announcement, the phrase which Donald Trump claimed to have invented when the told interviewers “the media is really, the word, one of the greatest of all [the] terms I’ve come up with, is ‘fake’ … I guess other people have used it perhaps over the years, but I’ve never noticed it”, has now acquired a newfound legitimacy. The dictionary publisher, Collin, defines fake news as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting.”

And although President Trump might lay claims to the phrase, Collin has said that it started being used in the noughties on US television to describe “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting”.

“Fake news” has been featured several times by President Trump since the beginning of his administration. Just a while ago, he tweeted about the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential elections “The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he…”

About former President Jimmy Carter’s recent remarks, he said “Just read the nice remarks by President Jimmy Carter about me and how badly I am treated by the press (Fake News). Thank you, Mr. President!”

“Fake news” beat other “words” like: “Unicorn”, “Echo chamber”, “Gig economy”, “Cuffing season” and social famous word, “Insta”: to the award.

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