Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 5 21:13:21 UTC 2014

Blithely used to mean "deeply-held opinion; conviction proclaimed to be

Very postmodern, though it bears a superficial resemblance to OED 3b
(obsolete). Otherwise, not defined in OED.

I just heard a learned person explain that "Before deconstruction there was
just one truth, but now there are multiple truths."

You know, "what's true for you isn't necessarily true for me, and vice
******* versa."

That sort of statement, often uttered by people who've never heard of
poststructuralism seems to me to be a warping of the unexceptionable

"What's true of me may not be true of you, and vice ****** versa."  In
other words, I prefer hedgehogs, you prefer goldfish. No prob. Just get the
prepositions right.

Cf. my past, sometimes fiercely disputed, exx. of "fact" = 'idea' and
"novel" = 'book of narrative prose.'

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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