[Ads-l] retcon

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 13 10:46:11 UTC 2021

Charlie Sykes, MSNBC:

"They're trying to find a way to rationalize [Jan. 6]: 'Well, it wasn't so
bad.' This is called 'retconning' - you simply rewrite the history. You
pretend that what happened didn't happen, and you put your own spin on it."

OED: (1989):

"To revise retrospectively (an aspect of a fictional work or series),
typically by means of a revelation which imposes a different interpretation
on previously described events."

It ain't just for fiction any more. And you don't need a "revelation."

Just lie.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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