German Linguists: 'Alternative Facts' the Non-Word of 2017 - NECN

German Linguists: 'Alternative Facts' the Non-Word of 2017

A team of six language experts at Darmstadt University chose "alternative facts" from among 684 suggestions

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    German Linguists: 'Alternative Facts' the Non-Word of 2017
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    A file photo of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway on Capitol Hill, on March 21, 2017, in Washington. Conway famously used the phrase "alternative facts during an interview with a national cable news network.

    German linguists have declared the phrase "alternative facts," popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway, the non-word of 2017.

    Conway used the phrase last year when asked why President Donald Trump's then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of the inauguration crowd.

    A team of six language experts at Darmstadt University chose "alternative facts" from among 684 suggestions.

    German news agency dpa quoted the head of the panel as saying Tuesday the phrase represents the growing practice of "replacing factual arguments with claims that cannot be proven."

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    Each year the panel singles out a phrase that runs counter to the principles of democracy or human dignity. Last year it chose the German term "Volksverraeter," roughly "traitor to one's people," used by far-right groups to label politicians who they disagree with.