Truthiness v. Truth

1. truthiness (noun)
1 : “truth that comes from the gut, not books” (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” October 2005)
2 : “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true” (American Dialect Society, January 2006)

A little blurb in this morning’s paper refers to an online survey conducted by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster in which “truthiness” was named the top word of 2006. This is on top of it having been named the 2005 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society.

Truthiness, as opposed to truth, requires a suspension of logic, an ignoring of the facts. It is what we would like things to be, as opposed to the way they are.

On this blog, I am committed to the truth. A lot of what passes for “truth” in the blogosphere is really “truthiness.” In the coming days, I intend to report on some hard truths, which may very well make some folks uncomfortable or angry. Call it an airing of dirty laundry, if you will. But a lie of omission is still a lie and it is time that some of the dirty little secrets get exposed.

Truth. That’s what I aim to tell.


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