BL: Truthiness
Posted: 10 April 2014 05:56 AM   [ Ignore ]
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What does comedian Stephen Colbert have in common with a nineteenth-century English female writer, nineteenth-century Scottish pundit, and a turn-of-the-twentieth-century translator of Basque?

[I debated whether or not to post this because I thought it was out of date and not relevant to 2014. After all, Colbert did his truthiness thing nine years ago. But I post it, and lo and behold, it’s announced that he will be taking over for Letterman. Diegogarcity in action!]

[ Edited: 10 April 2014 10:00 AM by Dave Wilton ]
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Posted: 10 April 2014 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Overheard at a dive bar…

“I read somewhere that looking at pretty girls lowers your stress and makes you live linger.”

“Yeah, where’d you read that - Making Shit Up Magazine?”

It may not be true… but I want it to be.

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Posted: 10 April 2014 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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FWIW, my subjective sense (based only on anecdotal experience) is that many (most?) 21st century uses of the term “truthiness”, including ones by people who credit Colbert with coining the word, do not use it as Colbert intended, and have reanalyzed it as meaning something like “having the quality of being true” or “having qualities suggesting something is probably (although not definitely) true.” The people who use it this way seem to think the “joke” is simply that truthiness is “not really a word”, cf. Bushisms like “misunderestimate”.  (Just to be clear, they don’t think truthiness is a Bushism, they just seem to see it as a similar kind of ironic usage of a made up, awkward sounding word.) I haven’t, IRL, heard anybody use truthiness the Colbert way (referring to something one knows or suspects is not true but wishes was true or wants to believe is true), although Googling shows me many articles using it that way.  But, maybe I just don’t travel in hip enough circles.

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Posted: 12 April 2014 04:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Always nice to see Noctes Ambrosianae quoted!

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