Facts are facts, gentlemen… Or so you thought. In an era where sensational clickbaits and deepfakes make up a big portion of our online diet, it’s never been harder to weed out fact from fiction. And that’s why the word that sums up 2018 is ‘misinformation’ – as crowned by Dictionary.com. Really, in a year of endless hoaxes and fake political ads, no word could be more fitting.
So here’s what the word ‘misinformation’ actually means (as opposed to ‘disinformation’) because it’d be hypocritical of us to misinform you.
Dictionary.com alleges that U.S President Donald Trump makes an average of about 10 false or misleading claims a day – claims that are believed by ardent supporters, listeners who know no better. If a world leader* like Trump makes as many false claims a day, one can only imagine the misinformation rampant online.
Closer to home, Singapore may be fortunate enough to not have an incumbent who goes off the rails on Twitter, but that doesn’t make it any less of a debacle that Singaporeans are stamping into post-truths over just truths. A locally conducted survey revealed that netizens here are in over their heads when it comes to discerning legitimacy of a news piece; 4 in 5 Singaporeans feel ‘somewhat confident’ that they can spot fake news, yet 91% mistakenly identified at least one false headline as being real.
In all fairness, it is hard to fault their presumptuousness as there’s a greater tendency for misinformation to gather wind on social media platforms fast. When a Bro or an uncle with nothing better to do shares a post on Facebook or Whatsapp, the implicit trust you have with your circle of kins give very little incentive to get down to fact-checking.
And closer to this publication, where we’re no strangers to satire, we thought we’d put our truth-bending mojo into good use and give your collapsed HDB roofs and fainting ministers a run for their money. After all, we did explicitly say in our About Us page that one of the things a smart, savvy modern day man should be able to do is navigate through questionable news sources.
Unfortunately, it seemed our Facebook followers only proved they are part of the statistics (to give some benefit of doubt, perhaps some of you guys simply shared knowingly because there was lingering truth); our satirical news retort to a report on Singaporean women increasingly staying single racked up no little organic views and shares relative to our other stories.
The war on misinformation is surely spilling into the better part of 2019, considering that netizens are mired deeper in it than deepfakes. But meanwhile, for your information, we’ve got 12 other front-running buzzwords that also took centerstage in our Dicktionary.
Mansplainers don’t know they’re mansplaining, because it’s ingrained in their subconsciousness. Truth is, the ladies don’t like when you get all bossy. Learn to keep that ego in check and loosen up whenever you can.
That is, unless you’re our resident Mansplainer.
You’ve got to be a pretty f*cked up Prez for a university to decide they’ll run a course documenting your ‘disinformation campaign’.
You know when that chick you went on one date with ghosted you, then came back from the grave out of nowhere, just as you’ve moved on to better and finer things? Yeah, there’s a word for that.
If the revelation of something leaves you completely flabbergasted and at a loss for what to do or say, shook is your word. For example, you could say that the manner in which Jason Momoa’s glorious man locks and tatted badassery carried the whole Aquaman film left you so shook, you dropped your tub of popcorns.
A sports terminology that really took off thanks to LeBron James’ feats in the NBA, it could also be applied in your everyday life.
Know that guy in the office who’s got it all together? He’s got his crisp Oxford shirt on every morning when he power-strolls into the office, and he’s always looking fly. Plus, he can do just about anything and deliver. He’s the Greatest Of All Time – the OG, the baller, the boss.
Social media had us all cracking our heads – whether you think it’s a web of deceit or a can of worms, all that social media really is just… math. Ask Instagram. Now you know why none of your friends are liking your #TransformationTuesday posts at the gym anymore.
In 2018, there’s no longer anything cryptic about cryptography. And the newest trend following that is none other than blockchain, through which Bitcoin originated. It even influences how we vote and how we can be sure of what we’re buying.
If you’ve ever been an unwilling subject of office politics and relentless manipulation that’d make actual politics look like a kindergarten, chances are you’re being gaslighted in the gnarly hands of sanctimonious assholes.
Big Dick Energy
“BDE is an emotional rather than physical attribute: Rihanna does not have a dick, but she has BDE for days.” That’s one way to put across Big Dick Energy – a term for subtler displays of being The Man.
Show ‘em who’s boss, not tell. ‘Cos it sure don’t matter what God gave you (or didn’t).
We’ve all been guilty of this at some point. Remember when you didn’t even know for sure that the lady you’d recently met had vaguely any interest in you, but you still pulled out all the stops and tried to get her to notice you anyway?
A sleek hairdo, a new suit, a posh cologne, a baller Instagram feed – you shone all the green light at the dock that you could, in hopes that she’d be crazy in love with you.
Who even reads everything in its entirety anymore? Sad as it is, most online folk in 2018 are keen only on instant gratification and stimuli, hence birthing the term ‘TL;DR’ (too long, didn’t read). It’s used to request a shortened version of an otherwise long text you wouldn’t have bothered to read.
The need for self-care has never been more pressing than in 2018, with overwhelmingly tough times to ride through. To cap the year off, get into our mental health guide so you start 2019 in the correct headspace.
Because being a man (or even The Man) in 2018 and beyond means you’re not opposed to a show of weakness.