CNET: ‘Fake news’ named word of the year, even though it’s two words. “‘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 dictionary site announced Thursday. Good luck going back in time and trying out the phrase on yourself just two years ago because it barely existed then. Collins reports that ‘the word saw an unprecedented usage increase [of] 365 percent since 2016.'” Dear posterity: this story tells you a lot of what you need to know about 2017.