August 27, 2006
“Truthiness,” “Wikiality” named TV words of year
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Truthiness" and "Wikiality" -- two
of the words popularized by political satirist Stephen Colbert
on his TV show "The Colbert Report"-- were named on Sunday the
top television buzzwords of the year.
The word-trend group Global Language Monitor, in its annual
survey of words from television that had an impact on the
language, also cited the words "Katrina," referring to
continuing stories about the hurricane's destruction; "Katie,"
a reference to Katie Couric's move into the nightly news anchor
role at CBS News; and "Dr. McDreamy," a nod to a character on
the breakout hit "Grey's Anatomy."
The doctor is played by Patrick Dempsey and follows in a
long line of television "dreamboat" physicians.
The survey was released to coincide with Sunday night
night's presentation of the Emmy Awards, American television's
Global Language Monitor defined "truthiness" as used by
Colbert as meaning "truth unencumbered by the facts."
"Wikiality," derived from the user-compiled Wikipedia
information Web site, was defined as "reality as determined by
majority vote," as when astronomers voted Pluto off their list
of planets last week.
Paul JJ Payack, president of the Global Language Monitor,
said, "Some of these buzzwords will quickly pass while others
will be embedded in the language for years to come.
Global Language Monitor analyzes trends in word usage and
word choices and their impact on the various aspects of