26 May 2012

New Word

Barking Moonbats

Actually in modern English vocabulary's mutation rate that matches that of bacteria, this is an old expression. It is only that I have discovered an explanation of it in un-Spun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation.

"Extreme political partisans sometimes display such irrational thinking that they have come to be dismissed as "barking moonbats." A barking moonbat is "someone who sacrifices sanity for the sake of consistency," according to the London blogger Adriana Cronin-Luks of Samizdata.net, who helped popularize the colorful phrase. It is most often applied derisively to extreme partisans on the left, but we use it as originally intended, to apply to all farout cases whose beliefs make them oblivious to facts, regardless of party or ideology."

So, lefties, birthers, Dan Brown followers, and people who read, and believe, "Holy Blood, Holy Grail." Now we know.

btw, it is a fun little book that you should read. Or rather every citizen should read.


At 28 May, 2012 22:14, Anonymous Maire said...

It is a fun little book! So is Dan Brown -- as long as you realize that it is FICTION.

At 03 June, 2012 00:24, Blogger Clemens said...

Yeah, but Dan Brown claims it is based on solid historical research.


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