I have an apologia to make. (As an erudite man, no doubt you know the word is defined as “a defense especially of one’s opinions, position, or actions.”)
I’m a librarianand have been hiding something: the fact that it was I who set the modern-day precedent for the word “truthiness.” You see, for ten years I wrote an office newsletter column for the New York State Library titled “Reid This.” In 1999 I submitted a piece, “See No Evolution”, in which appeared the following passage:
“Why, for example, [...] is no one calling for curricula putting forth the proposition thatThe column was rejected out of fear that it might offend some staffers and I hope you're not offended, but you see, sir, my claim to the word “truthiness” is not only truthy, it’s trueand I’m no longer hiding it.
Since you’re a stand-up guy, I hope you’ll acknowledge my position as the coiner of the word even though you’ve been receiving all the recognition for it (not to mention the coin).
Stephen, you’re On Notice until you’ve accepted this challenge to accept my apologia.
And that’s the Word.
P.S. Here’s a brief bio.