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Factoid of the Day

Posted by Brian on October 19, 2006

I found this bit of data to be quite interesting.

According to Geoffrey Nunberg in his new book, Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show (link to the right), a search of Google Groups posting reveals that “you liberals” is more common than “you conservatives” by a 7 to 1 margin.

 Now, I have my own biases when it comes to interpreting this nugget of info, so I’ll keep my speculation to myself. But if someone with more of a disinterested stance on American politics wishes to take a crack at explaining the disaparity, please go right ahead.

And on a totally seperate note, my use of “factoid” above, while perfectly acceptable today, is actually a misuse of the word in light of its original usage. Originally, it meant “something resembling a fact, but not quite factual,” along the same lines as a humanoid resembling a human, but still not quite human. But at some point, some sources, (probably TV news) began using it to indicate a “trivial but true fact,” which I do believe is now its commonly accepted meaning.

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2 Responses to “Factoid of the Day”

  1. Tony said

    Is the ‘nugget’ true, or is it a generalization bluffed past the reader?

  2. It was easy enough to check. It was about 16,000 “you conservatives” to about 97,000 “you liberals,” which I think is about 6 or 7 to 1.

    Brian

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