Respondents to M-W's online poll chose the expression -- a noun Colbert defined as "truth that comes from the gut, not books" and the American Dialect Society (which chose it as Word of the year in 2005) calls "the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true" -- by 5 to 1 margin over the runner-up, "google."
Why did the amateur linguists who responded to M-W chose such divergent words in back-to-back tallies? Perhaps they're trying to make sense of the 2004 Word of the Year, "blog." As close readers of online journals know by now, a blog can contain both truthiness and integrity -- depending on the source.
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