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Via Daily Mail:
Dictionary.com announced ‘misinformation’ as its word of the year for 2018 on Monday.
The word is defined as, ‘false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead.’
‘Our #WordOfTheYear2018 isn’t just any word. It’s a call to action,’ the Twitter account for the site posted on Monday.
Oxford Dictionaries chose ‘toxic’ earlier this month as its word of the year.
Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence at Dictionary.com which is based in Oakland, said that they purposely chose the word over ‘disinformation’ and the difference between the two is intent.
Disinformation is ‘deliberately misleading’ others but misinformation is often when people believe what they are sharing is true.
‘The rampant spread of misinformation is really providing new challenges for navigating life in 2018,’ Solomon told The Associated Press ahead of the word of the year announcement.
‘Misinformation has been around for a long time, but over the last decade or so the rise of social media has really, really changed how information is shared.
‘We believe that understanding the concept of misinformation is vital to identifying misinformation as we encounter it in the wild, and that could ultimately help curb its impact.’
‘Disinformation would have also been a really, really interesting word of the year this year, but our choice of misinformation was very intentional,’ Solomon said. ‘You can still be a good person with no nefarious agenda and still spread misinformation.