Truthiness is a satirical term created by television comedian Stephen
Colbert to describe things that a person claims to know intuitively or
"from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual
examination, or actual facts. Colbert created this definition of the
word during the inaugural episode of his satirical television program
The Colbert Report, as the subject of a segment called "The Wørd". It
was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society
and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster. By using the term as part of his
satirical routine, Colbert sought to criticize the use of "truthiness"
as an appeal to emotion and tool of rhetoric in contemporary
socio-political discourse. He particularly applied it to U.S.
President George W. Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme
Court and decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
King David II of Scotland led an invasion of England during the
Hundred Years' War, but was captured in the Battle of Neville's Cross.
Kepler's Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observed an
exceptionally bright star which had suddenly appeared in the
King Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France for £40,000.
The Open Championship, the oldest of the four major championships in
men's golf, was first played at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick,
South Ayrshire, Scotland.
German Autumn: Four days after it was hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181
landed in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos
rescued all remaining hostages on board.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
accrete: To grow together, combine.
Wikiquote of the day:
My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is
carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a
preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in
this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to
himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his
mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a
serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which
is to say, less alone. -- Arthur Miller