The Facts on Fact

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The Facts on Fact

Postby Slava » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:07 pm

A rather entertaining column in The Atlantic, on the use of the word fact.
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Re: The Facts on Fact

Postby Philip Hudson » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:17 am

Actually, I literally used the phrase "as a matter of fact" in my callow youth.
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Re: The Facts on Fact

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:03 pm

Actually a true fact is one that shows a one to one correspondence with reality and is verifiable. Science is filled with demonstrable facts that can be checked by repeatble experiments. When one leaves that field for another realm, say politics, the match to reality may well be distorted, thus the proliferation of fact checking. In fact, that's a whole new booming industry that sometimes results in clarity, but more often in obfuscation!
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The Facts on Fact

Postby byronhic » Sat May 18, 2019 9:08 pm

mwtzzz: Thats true, but David is right; its normally placed before the noun. For some of us, "la semana prуxima" may sound a bit strange.

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Re: The Facts on Fact

Postby bnjtokyo » Mon May 20, 2019 8:10 pm

byrohic, I am confused. To what does your post refer? To what does "that" refer? Who is David? "Fact" is already a noun so "its [sic] normally placed before a noun" doesn't make sense to me. Your statement suggests "it" refers to an adjective, not a noun. Please clarify: To what does "it" refer? I'm not thoroughly familiar with Twitter memes and the like, so would you please provide us with spelled-out version of "mwtzzz"?

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Re: The Facts on Fact

Postby Philip Hudson » Wed May 22, 2019 11:18 am

As a matter of fact, I am also factually confused about your posting byronhic. Please clarify. I am sure you can and I prize you as a member of the Agora.
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