[Ads-l] Definition OTY

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 18 14:09:57 EDT 2020


Google the archives for a discussion of "fact" in 2005 and '06. "Fact +
notion + idea + not a fact" should get you there.

If anything, it's even more common now. If possible.

JL

On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 2:04 PM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> In general, I hear "fact" being used more and more often to mean something
> like "proposition" in the logical sense. And the fact that I have to
> describe the usage that way illustrates why the usage is spreading: we have
> no colloquial word for the concept.
>
> MAM
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 16, 2020, 3:17 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Remember "Truth is not truth"?   Remember "alternative facts"? :
> >
> >
> >
> https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-chief-of-staff-mark-meadows-says-lack-of-evidence-of-mail-in-voting-fraud-is-the-definition-of-fraud
> >  :
> >
> > “But there’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud,” Tapper added after
> > Meadows reiterated his concern with voter rolls.
> >
> > “There’s no evidence that there’s not either. That’s the definition of
> > fraud, Jake.”
> >
> > See, undetected fraud is the worst fraud, so if there's no evidence of
> > fraud, that means the fraud has gone undetected.
> >
> > Extraordinary claims require undiscovered evidence.  Absent evidence is
> > evidence of non-absence.
> >
> > JL
> > --
> >
> >
> >
> > "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> truth."
> >
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