[Ads-l] "Alternative facts" for EOTY

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 24 20:30:09 EST 2017


> On Jan 24, 2017, at 8:14 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
> 
> A la "alt right"?
> 
> Joel

Seems so.  OED, s.v. “alt”:
Alternative; spec. denoting a version of some cultural phenomenon (orig. and esp. music) that is regarded as outside the mainstream of its genre. 
[citing “alt.rock” and “alt country”]

So alt facts would be a cultural phenomenon regarded as outside the mainstream of the fact genre (in being, well, not true).

LH
> 
> 
>      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:02 PM
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "Alternative facts" for EOTY
> 
> MSNBC is now using the short form "alt facts."
> 
> JL
> 
> On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 3:06 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> Wrong! Wrong!
>> 
>> Not a falsehood! It's an important alternate fact.
>> 
>> Also note my signature line of many years standing.
>> 
>> JL
>> 
>> --
>> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
> 
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
> 

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list