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The American Dialect Society has announced its words of the year for 2005
(links to a pdf file). A number of them are relevant to the study of hoaxes. For instance, the word of the year is Truthiness:
truthiness: the quality of stating concepts or facts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.
I suppose the opposite of truthiness would be hoaxiness. A few of the other words of the year include:
flee-ancée: runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks.
Whizzinator: a trademarked urinating device using a realistic prosthetic penis and synthetic urine in order to pass a drug test.
Bumper Nutz: fake testicles hung from the rear end of a vehicle.
In Hippo Eats Dwarf
I have a lot of word definitions like this. I included Whizzinator, but truthiness and flee-ancée are new to me, so they didn't make it in. Nor did bumper nutz, even though I knew what these are. (Prankplace, that company I have affiliate links to, actually sells them
.) If there's ever a second edition of the book, I'll put them in. (via The Presurfer
As quite a few people have now pointed out, Stephen Colbert coined the meaning for "truthiness" used in the ADS's definition.