Friday, August 22, 2008


Excerpted from Wikipedia:

Truthiness is a word that U.S. television comedian Stephen Colbert popularized in 2005 as a satirical term to describe things that a person claims to know intuitively or "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.[1] Colbert invented this definition[2] of the word during the pilot episode (October 17, 2005) of his satirical television program The Colbert Report, as the subject of a segment called "The Wørd". It was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster.[3][4]

The Canadian Parliament further refined the definition of "truthiness."

In 2006, Liberal Party of Canada leadership contender Ken Dryden used truthiness as an extensive theme in a speech in the House of Commons. The speech dealt critically with the current government's Universal Child Care Plan.[33] Dryden defined truthiness as "something that is spoken as if true that one wants others to believe is true, that said often enough with enough voices orchestrated in behind it, might even sound true, but is not true."

The transcript of all debates in the House is made available in both official languages; the translators into French chose to render "truthiness" as fausse vérité ("false truth").[33]

Tim White

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this is a perfect example of "truthiness" -

From the 8-14 edition of the Cheshire Herald as stated by the turf study committee:

"It is my understanding that you have to all but keep the field sanitized," stated DeVylder, who raised the specter of staff infections or MRSA, two viruses that can be spread through infected surfaces.

Trifone, however, suggested that "such infections were highly unlikely with a new turf field because the natural temperature changes would kill any virus."