2006 truly has been the year in truthiness. And now, dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster confirms it after conducted an online survey: "Truthiness" is the word of the year. Labels: Jointblog
Truthiness godfather Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" get the credit for saying it first, back when he launched his nightly satirical fake news show in October 2005.
Not that the Colbert Nation did any ballot stuffing...that wouldn't be very truthy, now would it?
What is truthiness? Says Colbert, "Truth that comes from the gut, not books."
This year fake news found huge buzz. Our gutty hero Stephen has never been a supporter of the "word police"; he actually thinks the people at Mirriam-Webster are a bunch of "wordinistas".
Nonetheless, Colbert apparently was pleased when he learned his word was Best of the Year:
According to press releases from the Associated Press (which even Fox News published on their site):
"Though I'm no fan of reference books and their fact-based agendas, I am a fan of anyone who chooses to honor me.".Well said, Stephen Colbert, well said. Truthiness...and that's The Word.
"And what an honor," he said. "Truthiness now joins the lexicographical pantheon with words like 'squash,' 'merry,' 'crumpet,' 'the,' 'xylophone,' 'circuitous,' 'others' and others."
Is it the word of the decade?
For the Top 10 words of 2006 according to online voting, click here (metrics2.com).
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Sunday, December 10, 2006,