[Ads-l] WOTY: "fake news"

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Wed Dec 7 10:12:35 EST 2016

Perhaps it is time to acknowledge that there is often not just one WOTY even
if "supported" by sub-WOTY's, such as most or least likely to succeed.  

Maybe there should be multiple WOTY's from a variety of human activity
without crowning one King or Queen of the pile.  Even within the sciences a
biologist's WOTY may not satisfy the Physicist or Astronomer; the
mathematician's WOTY certainly does not measure up to that of the nurse or
doctor.  Certainly the same can be said of the journalist's choice and that
of the teacher.


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Perhaps "fake news" should go into the hopper. It may have swung the =

The durability of the fake news phenomenon was brought home to my = husband
and me yesterday. I had gotten an insistent message (yet again) = from a
reader of our blog about the origin of "the whole nine yards," = demanding
(more or less) that we acknowledge the WWII machine-gun = ammunition belt

We replied at length by email, recapping the recent 19th-century = findings
and providing a history of the development of the belt-fed = machine gun.
All demonstrating of course, that the theory was = impossible.

He shot back a reply within a minute: "You are really full of shit."

People who believe etymological folklore cling to it as tenaciously as = do
those who subscribe to fake news.

Pat O'Conner (http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog =

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