Well, apparently Truthiness is winning many “Word of the Year” competitions. You may recall, class, that I have often pointed to The Language Log as a great place to visit. Thanks be to them for pointing out this news.
So why blog on this? Well, as you all are aware, Truthiness is a Stephen Colbert travesty thatrefers “to the quality by which a person claims to know something intuitively, instinctively, or “from the gut” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or actual facts.” (Reference, Wikipedia–I know I know, I don’t let you use it on OFFICIAL papers, but hey, the truthiness of using Wiki makes sense here)
Given this definition, it seems somehow “right” that a non-word wins as Word of the Year. It’s got that “gut feel” to it that says it should win. Heck, that it must win. Forget that it isn’t a word, or that it is (according to the same Wiki definition) simply a recasting in Colbert fashion, a concept Orwell described in his creation of the word “bellyfeel.”