Grammar Blog: Week 12: Meaning?


Hi, Colbert, go ahead thank Wikipedia for me for the image.

So there’s this word “post-truth.”

Here is a random list of what I think may be the definition of “post-truth”:

A new basketball move that an athletic center may make. Possibly a nickname. One only has to think

“Post-truth slams the facts down the hole!”

Another meaning could be something that is likely true after the original event has already occurred.

So was I right, Oxford?

“relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Okay, not really, but I thought I was reasonably close. There has to be a basketball player who could be nicknamed post-truth. I mean, it could be a player nicknamed post-truth after Paul Pierce is no longer the active truth, right?

I personally am a fan of adulting. I vaguely consider myself an adult, so when I have to complete actual adult tasks, adulting seems to hit definition niche.

But what is one word that means one thing, but actually means the opposite of its listed definition?

I actually can’t think of something that doesn’t imply some kind of sarcasm. “Oh sure, you’re the best blogger in the world. Congratulations, President Blogger,” would probably be read in a more sarcastic tone in my mind.

The closest comparison I could come to was “truthiness.” Although that was used in a more intentional comedic fashion by the Colbert Report. Without any backing at all besides my gut and intuition, in the spirit of truthiness, post-truth feels like the offspring of truthiness.

So the lesson is that adding “iness” to a word will spawn a “post-” to an already existing word to create a word that is opposite of meaning.