The good folks over at Merriam-Webster have announced their “Word of the Year” for 2006. Thanks to some lobbying by Steven Colbert of Comedy Central, a word he coined, “Truthiness,” has won the honor for 2006, beating out a far more obvious choice — “google.”
According to the American Dialect Society, “truthiness” means, “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.” Hmmmm… This sounds familiar to us, as it must to both you regular blog readers. We think, for example, of the global warming hysterics, who prefer concepts they wish to be true, and disregard any facts that might wreck their buzz. We also think of our friend Lou Dobbs, who stubbornly insists that trade agreements cause trade deficits when the opposite is true. Lots of truthiness happening at CNN these days.
So we take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prosperous 2007 and hope for all of us that there will be more truth and less truthiness in the year ahead.
UPDATE (By Carter Wood – 9:30 a.m., January 2):Lake Superior State University has just released its 32nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness. A list that includes….
TRUTHINESS — “This word, popularized by The Colbert Report and exalted by the American Dialectic Society’s Word of the Year in 2005 has been used up. What used to ring true is getting all the truth wrung out of it.” — Joe Grimm, Detroit, Michigan.
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