[Ads-l] to truth-tell

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jun 25 20:43:37 EDT 2017


I was struck by the fact that it’s a transitive verb:  “truth-tell them” rather than “truth-tell to them”; Chris’s surmise would predict this.  Not that I don’t *appreciate* the ingenuity and effort it takes to create such a transitive verb, of course...

LH

> On Jun 25, 2017, at 4:21 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at LASCRIBE.NET> wrote:
> 
> I think this could be some sort of malapropism. He was angling for
> "fact-check", couldn't find it, and because it has something to do with
> truth, produced "truth-tell".
> 
> Maybe.
> 
> Chris
> 
> 
> 
> On 6/24/17 3:19 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>> David Carr, NY Times, on _All the President's Men Revisited_ (MSNBC) 2013:
>> 
>> "We can truth-tell them in real time. When they say something, we can be
>> Googling what they're saying."
>> 
>> JL
>> 
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