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Stephen Colbert's "Truthiness" is "The Word" - of the year!

Reported by Chrish - December 9, 2006 -

Unlike Bill O'Reilly, whom he satirizes four nights a week, Stephen Colbert actually DID coin a new word and it is being honored as "Word of the Year" by Merriam-Webster, the Springfield MA dictionary firm.

The AP reports that Colbert responded to the honor:

"Though I'm no fan of reference books and their fact-based agendas, I am a fan of anyone who chooses to honor me.
"And what an honor," he said. "Truthiness now joins the lexicographical pantheon with words like `squash,' `merry,' `crumpet,' `the,' `xylophone,' `circuitous,' `others' and others."

O'Reilly only won a runner-up in Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person" segment, for his false claim to have coined the phrase "San Francisco values."