The American economist Paul Romer has recently written of “mathiness”, by analogy with “truthiness”, a term coined by American talk show host Stephen Colbert. Truthiness presents narratives which are not actually true, but consistent with the world view of the person who spins the story. It is exemplified in rightwing fabrications about European health systems — their death panels and forced euthanasia — and in some activists’ support for alleged rape victims even when their allegations are unsupported by evidence . Mathiness is a similar use of algebraic symbols and quantitative data to give an appearance of scientific content to ideological preconceptions.
'Right now online many people are absolutely certain that Allen is guilty. Just as they are absolutely certain that Amanda Knox is guilty, just as they will be absolutely certain that what I am saying is wrong. There is not a lot of nuance in Hashtag Justice. There is a hashtag #IBelieveDylanFarrow'
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You know you're old when text-speak gets incorporated into the dictionary.The New Oxford American Dictionary has released its annual list of added words, and it's a doozy. Abbreviations like BFF (best friend forever) and TTYL (talk to you later) made the cut, as did timely terms like hockey mom and vuvuzela. Some echo the Oxford Dictionary of English's additions, like LBD (little black dress) and bromance.Check out a few other, choice additions:
下火車，「歐斯本」和「尤斯頓」等詞就已成為推特熱門主題標籤 （hashtag），還有網友用「倫敦火車大勢利眼」（The Great Train Snobbery）和「永不肯花錢的保守黨」（The Never-Spending Tory）等雙關語來嘲笑他。
- n. (on social networking websites such as Twitter) a hash or pound sign (#) used to identify a particular keyword or phrase in a posting.
- A hashtag is a word or a phrase prefixed with the symbol
#, a form of metadata tag. Short messages on microblogging social networking services such as Twitter, Tout, identi.ca, Tumblr, Instagram, or Google+ may be tagged by including one or more with multiple words concatenated, e.g.:
- #Wikipedia is an #encyclopedia
- Interweb n. humorous the Internet.
- megachurch n. a church with an unusually large congregation, typically one preaching a conservative or evangelical form of Christianity.
- truthiness n. informal the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.
– ORIGIN early 19th cent. (in the sense ‘truthfulness'): coined in the modern sense by US humorist Stephen Colbert (1964–).
- wardrobe malfunction n. informal, humorous an instance of a person accidentally exposing an intimate part of their body as a result of an article of clothing slipping out of position.
- zombie bank n. informal a financial institution that is insolvent but that continues to operate through government support.