Colbert Leaves his Mark on the Language

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Stephen Colbert gets credit for influencing the language. A group called Global Language Monitor credits Colbert, who parodies a conservative TV host, with "truthiness." The word is defined as "truth unencumbered by the facts." He also used a word inspired by Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. "Wikiality" means "reality as determined by majority vote." The group now calls them the top-two TV buzzwords — that is, reality as determined by what's said on television.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Stephen Colbert gets credit for influencing the language. A group called Global Language Monitor is studying Colbert, who parodies a conservative TV host. He referred to truthiness, defined as truth unencumbered by the facts. He also used a word inspired by Wikipedia, the online dictionary. Wikiality means reality as determined by majority vote. The group now calls them the top two TV buzzwords - that is, reality as determined by what's said on TV. It's MORNING EDITION.

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