FAKE: The Word of the Month February 2017

Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.


Fake (adj, noun): false, untrue; counterfeit, not authentic

To fake: to forge or counterfeit

Ex: I’m sorry I forgot your birthday. I thought it was fake news.

Fake news in the news

In the media, on the internet, and especially in the White House, fake news is real.

While repeatedly accusing the press of reporting false news, Donald Trump has allegedly lied about the margin of his electoral victory, his relationship with Russia, and (most importantly) the size of his hands.

Commonly faked things

Orgasms: It was really great, we swear. We’ll call you.

Art: We replaced a Picasso with a fake painted by our dog. No one has noticed.

Breasts: We just need something real to believe in.

Select the true FAKE statements:

  1. Russia’s leader has been in power for more than 16 years.
  2. A reality television star is now president of the US.
  3. An extreme right candidate currently leads French presidential polls.
  4. The sky is falling.
  5. Up is down.

Reminder: Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet!

Take a look through our Word of the Month archives, or improve your English with gymglish.com.

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