Sunday, January 08, 2006

Truthiness

The American Dialect Society today voted "truthiness" its word of the year for 2005. We can thank Stephen Colbert, of the Colbet Report, for coining this term which means "the quality of stating concepts or facts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true."

An appropriate choice to memorialize a year (really, it's been longer) gone by in which facts became increasingly optional, and nobody in Washington appeared particularly concerned. Now we turn our sites to 2006 and wonder what this coming year will bring?
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Here's an early entry to the field: "circumlegally."

The term refers to "the ability to skirt or bypass existing legal requirements by successfully arguing that the behavior or action was appropriate because either a) the law, in the interest of national security, doesn't apply to you, b) the law doesn't mean what the rest of the country thought it meant or c) it is what the law ought to allow anyway."

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