[Ads-l] WOTY: "fake news"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 7 10:29:21 EST 2016

Once some time ago (five years? less?) I heard Jon Stewart describe The
Daily Show as a "fake news show."

I suppose it depends on here you place the hyphen. It sounded to me at the
time like "fake-news show."


On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM, David Barnhart <dbarnhart at highlands.com>

> 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.
> Regards,
> David
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> Perhaps "fake news" should go into the hopper. It may have swung the =
> election.
> 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
> explanation.=20
> 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 =
> <http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog>)=
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