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'Fake News' Declared Word Of The Year

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'Fake News' Declared Word Of The Year

Made famous by Donald Trump during the grinding US election campaign, "fake news" has been voted Macquarie Dictionary's word of 2016.

It refers to the disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes.

A committee's picked it out of a list of 15 category winners that included 'halal snack pack,' 'enby' and 'fatberg.'

But did anyone tell them 'fake news' is actually 2 words?

The Aussie public will have their say with voting for the people's choice of the year open until the end of January.

We've put some of the category winners below:

* Arts: Racebending - the process of altering the ethnicity of a character in a book, film, for a new version of it
* Colloqial: Shoefiti - the practice of tossing shoes over power lines
* Communication: Fake news - disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic, the incorrect information being passed along by social media
* Food: Halal snack pack - fast food comprising layers of hot chips, grated cheese, halal doner kebab meat
* Environment: Fatberg - a congealed mass in a sewer system consisting of material that does not break down
* Political: Alt-right - extremely right-wing
* Social interest: Enby - not identifying as male or female; non-binary

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