January 09, 2006

nothing but the truthiness

the members of the american dialect society have voted - their word of the year is truthiness:
In its 16th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted truthiness as the word of the year. First heard on the Colbert Report, a satirical mock news show on the Comedy Channel, truthiness refers to the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true. As Stephen Colbert put it, “I don’t trust books. They’re all fact, no heart.”
click here for a detailed report on the vote - which includes the following categories:
  • "Most Useful" (podcast - word of the year according to the new oxford american dictionary),
  • "Most Creative" (whale tail - the appearance of thong underwear above the waistband),
  • "Most Unnecessary" (K Fed - husband of britney spears),
  • "Most Outrageous" (crotch fruit - children),
  • "Most Euphemistic" (internal nutrition - force-feeding prisoners against their will),
  • "Most Likely to Succeed" (sudoku), and
  • "Least Likely to Succeed" (pope-squatting - registering a domain name speculating it may be the name the new pope chooses).
a special category this year was:
  • "Best Tom Cruise-Related Word” (jump the couch - exhibit strange or frenetic behavior, not restricted to appearances on oprah).
looks like linguists also watch oprah. i doubt if tom cruise actually deserves a category of his own, but of the words and phrases listed, i like "jump the couch" best.

No comments: