Truthiness morphing

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 8 16:12:59 UTC 2007

At 7:56 AM -0700 5/8/07, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>On May 8, 2007, at 7:21 AM, David Bowie wrote:
>>[quoting] It's not a simple
>>    Yes/No but a sliding scale of (with apologies to Stephen
>>    Colbert) 'spaminess'.
>>I would have probably spelled it "spamminess" myself, but it's
>>interesting to see "-iness" being used actively to mean something like
>>"something like this noun, but not exactly like it" with an overt
>>nod to
>>the Colbert Report.
>in my Language Log posting on "truthiness", "faminess", and
>"referenciness" --
>-- i called this the "Colbert suffix".  i wondered there whether
>"justiciness" might soon be coined.  one reader provided me with what
>would be an instance of justiciness, but the only hit for the word i
>get (besides my discussion) is one that cites my discussion: the
>blogger Shinga cites me on referenciness, adding:
>To borrow further from Zwicky, there would be a certain justiciness
>is seeing this nonsense exposed for what it is.

Wonderful.  There is, if not irony in this, at least a certain ju'iciness.


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