After a surge in common usage, the publisher’s of the Oxford English Dictionary have added the word ‘mook’ to their list of new words for 2017.

The term was originally coined in Martin Scorcese’s 1973 crime film Mean Streets and has since been used chiefly by Italian-Americans to mean ‘a stupid or incompetent person’.

‘Mook’ has recently been redefined as ‘a person who believes fake news’.

With the proliferation of fake news and satirical sites, the community felt as if it needed a term for someone gullible enough to believe a story without assessing whether it comes from a credible source.

When browsing news stories online, many readers now only read the headline and respond to a story in the comments section without clicking through to the article or determining whether it’s from a legitimate source.

Professor Nigel Battersby of Oxford University oversees the addition of new words to the OED.

“It would appear that in 2017, there are more people deserving of the title ‘mook’ than ever before.

“There are only so many words that we can fit in the dictionary, what with British environmental protection laws limiting the amount of pages that books can now contain.

“We’ll probably have to lose a few to make way for ‘mook’; perhaps ‘dupable’, ‘naive’ and ‘fucktard’ could be deleted?”

 

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