So “Fake News” is entering the dictionary because it’s the word of the moment. I mean, it’s two words. And both of those words are currently in the dictionary, but hey the Collins Dictionary thinks that it’s okay to ride on the coat-tails of a gibbering idiot so who are we to argue.
I’d like to think, as low as society may slide into the gaping abyss of idiocy, that people won’t ever be in a position to think to themselves – or, worse, out loud – “What does fake news mean?”
Surely when it’s just made up of “fake” and “news” it’s not hard to drill down into the possible definition of it?
I get the whole concept of the word of the year, and how these words worm their way into the language but “fake news” isn’t a word. It’s two. So as a minimum it’s a phrase. You could, for example, see Mr Chips acting out some sort of pictorial representation of “fake news” on the show Catchphrase. Which is a show with a one word title concerning the use of phrases. It is not, however, called Catchword.
Alex Horne, he of the smaller chair on Taskmaster, wrote a book a while ago about his quest to invent a new word. He, and his cohorts, put a lot of thought into their words. I can’t imagine how crushing it is for Alex, champion of the word “honk” to mean “money”, to be in a world in which a large orange man with hair of straw has said “fake news” so many times that it is included in a book and that people just don’t say “that’s quite a lot of honk” nearly enough to get that in there.
Plus, it’s just adding more coal to his already quite well stoked ego when it comes to the invention of the phrase. He’s already tried to stick a flag in the word “fake” as it is, claiming that he’s not heard anyone else say it. And now we’re crediting him for slamming two words together like that two headed monster on Sesame Street teaching kids how to say words.
But far less entertaining.