3 thoughts on “What “misspoke” really means

  1. Let us enthusiastically applaud our Great Leader says:

    “Trump’s approval rating reaches record high in poll, powered by Republican support” (Washington Examiner July 22, 2018) https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trumps-approval-rating-reaches-record-high-in-poll-powered-by-republican-support “His approval mark rose to 45 percent in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published Sunday, up 1 percent above what he got in June. That number is powered by support from 88 percent of Republican voters. The poll was taken over a four-day period that started July 15, a day before Trump’s meeting and joint news conference with Russia President Vladimir Putin in which he questioned the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Therefore, some of the polling days covered the aftermath of Trump’s much-criticized handling of the Putin meeting.”

  2. Brave New World™️ says:

    “On the Decay of the Art of Lying”, a short essay written by Mark Twain in 1880 http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2572/pg2572.html Twain laments the four ways in which men of America’s Gilded Age employ man’s ‘most faithful friend’ and concludes by insisting that: “the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others’ advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling.”
    See also “On Bullshit” (2005), by philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt https://www5.csudh.edu/ccauthen/576f12/frankfurt__harry_-_on_bullshit.pdf According to Wikipedia: “Frankfurt determines that bullshit is speech intended to persuade (a.k.a. rhetoric), without regard for truth. The liar cares about the truth and attempts to hide it; the bullshitter doesn’t care if what they say is true or false, but rather only cares whether or not their listener is persuaded.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Bullshit

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