Sunday, October 4, 2009


How can we talk about Truth, without first consulting the lexicographer Colbert?

colbert cookingTruthiness is a term first used in its recent satirical sense by American television comedian Stephen Colbert in 2005, todescribe things that a person claims to know intuitively or "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.[1] Colbert introduced this definition[2] of the word during the pilot episode of his political satire program The Colbert Report on October 17, 2005, as the subject of a segment called "The Wørd". Truthiness was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster.

From the horse's mouth...

BTW: truthiness, being generally indifferent to the actual truth or falsehood of its progeny, has much in common with Harry Frankfurt's "bullshit."

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