“Alternative facts” is the latest oxymoron going around Washington, D.C., these days.
There are always lots of oxymorons in our nation’s capital, but this one seems particularly appropriate to my recent item concerning precise wording.
How can a fact be anything other than a fact? The sky is blue. That’s a fact.
Whether it is a happy blue or a sad blue is a matter of conjecture.
If I said the sky is blue today but I didn’t look out my window to verify it was so, then I would be making a supposition. (How many times have you heard a weather reporter say it was a beautiful, sunny day when it was pouring rain, and you screamed, “Look out your d—-d window!”?)
This whole “alternative facts” issue is getting out of hand. Not only do people misunderstand the definition of fact, many are using “alternative facts” interchangeably…
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