Thursday, January 27, 2011

Glenn Beck, Ignoramus


"And then confused as Beck prattled on about the etymology of 'gossip' and how King George sent spies into our land telling them to 'go sip' in the pubs with the Colonial rebels and thereby gather intelligence. That’s how 'gossip' came to mean what it does according to Glenn Beck."

If you have any wits, the second you hear that story, you ought to recognize it as almost certainly made up. (I say "almost certainly" because once in a while, an etymology like this is real.) And it took me about five seconds to look up the actual etymology online.



  1. A shame, though. I kind of like that explanation!

  2. Gene, you are turning into Brad DeLong. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  3. And Bob, I've heard about you and Silas.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.



"If your approach to mathematics is mechanical not mystical, you're not going to go anywhere." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb