[Ads-l] palter, n.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Feb 17 11:03:58 EST 2021


Not in OED as a noun, but presumably it’s a (nonce?) zero-derivation from the well-established (but heretofore unfamiliar to me) verb:

Palter, v.

2a. To shift, equivocate, or prevaricate in action or speech; to act or deal evasively, esp. for treacherous ends; to use trickery.

LH


> On Feb 17, 2021, at 8:42 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Not in OED.
> 
> Quora.com:
> 
> "The answer that says minimum wage in California has kept up with median
> wage in California is a palter—a factually correct lie—because it implies
> that things now are the same as they were then, without considering the
> reality that minimum wage may have kept up with median wage but that
> doesn’t necessarily mean it’s kept up with inflation."
> 
> JL
> -- 
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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