Fake News [feyk-nooz] – (adjective) A rather new term used to describe any information being provided which may not be completely accurate, politically accepted, or publicly disclosed at that time.
Etymology of Fake News
The term “Fake News” was originally used in an attempt to slander public figures who did not fit into the “status quo” or who were attempting to ‘leak’ or draw attention to information that ‘Big Brother’ does not want the public to be aware of.
The term is now used as part of mainstream vocabulary to downplay or deny information or events that the individual does not agree with.
Example: Area 51 was labeled as a ‘conspiracy theory’ or ‘fake news’ for many years until the U.S. government officially disclosed that Area 51 does, in fact, exist.