On Precision In Language

January 9th, 2006 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2005 is “truthiness,” defined as the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts.

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  • Lorra // Jan 9, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    re: Honesty – have you read the Oprah/Frey article at the smoking gun dot com?

    I was just reading “A Million Little Pieces” and gave up halfway through, finding it too self-serving and at times, hard to believe.

    Your take please?

    Lorra Laven

  • Booksquare // Jan 9, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    While this was addressed in a subsequent post (darn people who want me to think while I want to be goofing off!), your reaction this book is typical with other friends. Not surprisingly, I don’t share Oprah’s taste — that’s cool — so don’t read her selections.

    i will not, however, discount her ability to influence readers, and I think Frey’s dishonesty is a bad thing (if said dishonesty happened — I’m speaking merely as a snarky observer). If it’s fiction, great. If it’s based on real-life experiences, fine. If it’s the gospel truth, remember the importance of keeping your alibi straight.

    Or getting mass quantities of people to buy into your reality