NEW YORK (AP) Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as Dictionary.coms word of the year on the tattered coattails of toxic, picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times.
Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence at Dictionary, said in a recent interview that her sites choice of mis over dis was deliberate, intended to serve as a call to action to be vigilant in the battle against fake news, flat earthers and anti-vaxxers, among other conduits.
Its the idea of intent, whether to inadvertently mislead or to do it on purpose, that the Oakland, California-based company wanted to highlight. The company decided it would go high when others have spent much of 2018 going low.
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