Old news, but fun to remember where the Colbert Report started.
"Truthiness." Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's Colbert Report popularized the word "truthiness," and it has been selected by the American Dialect Society as the "2005 Word of the Year."
But all this begs the question: What does "truthiness" mean? And who or what is the American Dialect Society?
The truth hurts...
Believe it or not, according to the Oxford dictionary (cited in Wikipedia), "truthiness" is a variation of the archaic word "truthy." While Stephen Colbert may not have invented the word, he certainly has popularized it. Besides being voted 2005 Word of the Year (CNN story), it is quickly becoming part of the American vernacular. Truthiness defined:
To illustrate the idea, Colbert says, "I don't trust books. They're all fact, no heart." Truthiness is about what you feel to be true in your heart, never mind the pesky facts; they just get in the way.
Who is the American Dialect Society?
From their press release (pdf):
The American Dialect Society (ADS) began selecting "Words of the Year" in 1990. The word in 1990:
We've come a long way.
Some runner's up for the 2005 Word of the Year include:
Most Creative Word
I was disappointed I hadn't heard of this one before. Where have I been?
- Top Ten Words for 2005
- Profanity Spelled Backwards
- Colbert's Interview on NPR's Fresh Air w/ Terry Gross
- Truthiness or Trustiness - New York Times Gets It!
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