07 January 2006

Another definition

Voted as 2005 Word of the Year by a panel of linguists, truthiness is

the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts.
Michael Adams, a professor at North Carolina State University who specializes in lexicology, said "truthiness" means "truthy, not facty."

"The national argument right now is, one, who's got the truth and, two, who's got the facts," he said. "Until we can manage to get the two of them back together again, we're not going make much progress."


If anyone else is confused by this word usage (truth vs. facts), I would like to remind you there are reasons scientists have their own vocabulary.

1 comment:

Dan said...

An interesting word. I assume this word is for those who cannot reconcile what they believe is the truth with the facts or like to rearrange the facts to make it true or rearrange the truth to fit a set of facts. Facts can be used to find the truth, but if it is not true it is false. There is nothing in between.