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Linguists Vote 'Truthiness' Word of 2005

  1. Jan 7, 2006 #1

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    I am going to have to start using this word right away. :smile:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060107/ap_on_re_us/word_contest
     
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    How truthy, not facty.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2006 #3

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    :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
     
  5. Jan 7, 2006 #4
    I find this whole thing to be weird and find it hard to believe authentic linguists would call "stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true" a "quality" rather than something like a behavior or activity. They're refering to an action (stating) as a "quality".
     
  6. Jan 7, 2006 #5
    and i find it hard to believe that anyone would sit around and think about what the best word of 2005 is.
     
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    philosophy majors need jobs too
     
  8. Jan 7, 2006 #7
    Don't confuse philosophy and philology.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2006 #8

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    I didn't mean to :P I just wanted to poke fun at philosophy majors even if its somewhat unrelated.
     
  10. Jan 7, 2006 #9
    Well, I'm all for that.
     
  11. Jan 7, 2006 #10

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    I find that a little confusing, too. Is it the statement that has truthiness or is it the person uttering the statement that has truthiness? I would have initially assumed the former, without seeing it defined, and would have used it like this:

    "When the governor proclaimed that the coal miners were found alive, the statement had a truthiness about it."

    but I think this example might be more likely the intended usage:

    "When the governor proclaimed that the coal miners were found alive, he spoke with truthiness."

    But I don't know. What do you think?
     
  12. Jan 7, 2006 #11

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    Oh, NONONONO. Truthiness?

    :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck:
     
  13. Jan 7, 2006 #12

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    Or maybe it is used this way:

    "The truthiness of the governor was a constant annoyance to everyone."
     
  14. Jan 7, 2006 #13

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    :rofl:

    I haven't seen HRW around this evening. I dedided to lay out some bait. :smile:
     
  15. Jan 7, 2006 #14
    I don't know because the definition is so imprecise.

    It's not clear to me if these people invented this word themselves to describe what they saw happening, or if this word is actually being used all over the place. To vote it the "Word of the Year" it should be a word that was used especially frequently, among other things, a new fad word. However, they actually seem to be saying it best describes something that was happening alot.

    It could be the article was poorly written but I can't tell if that's the problem or if the lexicographers in question are potheads.
     
  16. Jan 8, 2006 #15

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    The American Dialect Society says they first heard it on The Colbert Report:
    Heehee. :biggrin:
    Their definition sounded a bit strange at first, but it makes sense. -ness attaches to adjectives (truthy) to form nouns (truthiness) meaning roughly the quality, state, or condition of being [adjective]; e.g. goodness is the quality of being good. It's just fun anyway. I say better truthy than truthish. I mean, truthishness? Yikes.

    There are more words in that link, BTW. I like crotchfruit (the word, not children. I despise puny things).
     
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  17. Jan 8, 2006 #16

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    That was an interesting read! Who knew this group had been around for so long - although I am a little bit annoyed by the fact that they sometimes allow phrases and even prefixes as "Word of the Year" winners. You'd think they would be sticklers about that sort of thing! They do say this:
    Anyway...some blasts from the past:
     
  18. Jan 8, 2006 #17
    Yes I member, that's the truthiness of Saddam Hussein about the first Gulf War
     
  19. Jan 8, 2006 #18

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    :biggrin: He was quite the linguistic trendsetter that year!

    In last month's Vanity Fair, "It is what it is" was proposed as the catch-phrase of the decade. I think it stands a good chance - it's certainly proved its versatility!!

    http://www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/051205roco03
     
  20. Jan 8, 2006 #19
    Eh... Fogetabawdit.
     
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