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'truthiness' voted 2005 word of the year
Posted by: incognegro
Date: February 01, 2006 03:09PM
[www.americandialect.org]

In its 16th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted truthiness as the word of the year. Recently popularized on the Colbert Report, a satirical mock news show on the Comedy Central television channel, truthiness refers to the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true. As Stephen Colbert put it, “I don’t trust books. They’re all fact, no heart.” Other meanings of the word date as far back as 1824.

it beat out podcast!

[www.cnn.com]

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) -- A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2005 is "truthiness," defined as the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts.

The American Dialect Society chose the word Friday after a runoff with terms related to Hurricane Katrina, such as "Katrinagate," the scandal erupting from the lack of planning for the monster hurricane.

Michael Adams, a professor at North Carolina State University who specializes in lexicology, said "truthiness" means "truthy, not facty."

"The national argument right now is, one, who's got the truth and, two, who's got the facts," he said. "Until we can manage to get the two of them back together again, we're not going make much progress."

The group of linguists, editors and academics agreed the most useful word was "podcast" -- a digital feed containing audio or video files for downloading to an MP3 player.

In a runoff for the most creative word, "whale tail," the appearance of a thong above the waistband, beat out "muffin top," the bulge of flesh hanging over the top of low-riding jeans.

Tom Cruise became the first public figure in the contest's 16 years to be noted for his influence on public discourse. The group coined the term "Cruiselex" to describe such terms as "jump the couch" and "Cruisazy."

"Jump the couch," meaning to exhibit strange or frenetic behavior, won the best Tom Cruise-related word or phrase. It stems from the actor's antics in May on Oprah Winfrey's couch as he talked about his love for fiancee Katie Holmes. "Cruisazy" means to exhibit crazy behavior.

"I don't know any other public figure who has inspired so many words in a single year," said Erin McKean, editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary.

Other winners included "sudoku," a Japanese number puzzle voted the word most likely to succeed, and "pope squatting," the practice of registering an online domain that is the name of the new pope in order to profit from it, as least likely to succeed.

Last year's overall winner was "red, blue and purple states." In the 2004 general election, voters in red states favored Republicans, those in blue states favored Democrats and residents of purple states were undecided.

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Re: 'truthiness' voted 2005 word of the year
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: February 01, 2006 03:32PM
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Re: 'truthiness' voted 2005 word of the year
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 01, 2006 03:37PM
I wonder how many kids will grow up saying "nukular" instead of "nuclear," and how many will accept the notion that the police can enter their homes without a warrant, or that they can be arrested for wearing a T-shirt or carrying a sign? The media lets these things go without criticism, so most citizens, ignorant of the Constitution and the inalienable rights it claims are endowed all by their creator, simply accept their shackles. Give me liberty or give me death.
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Re: 'truthiness' voted 2005 word of the year
Posted by: Spole
Date: February 01, 2006 04:45PM
The man is a genius, a brilliance that spans generations and is well on his way to being a god. If I had hair, I have hair just like his.
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Re: 'truthiness' voted 2005 word of the year
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 01, 2006 05:01PM
and i thought maurine dowd had come up with that one. colbert is a genius.



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Re: 'truthiness' voted 2005 word of the year
Posted by: Effin Haole
Date: February 01, 2006 06:40PM
His show was great as he went on about "inventing" truthiness.

One of the few great shows on TV these days.
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