Monday, May 02, 2005

Give me an A

ANECDOTAL

To wit, a short narrative without developed characters or a plot. Journalists use it in place of "apocryphal" for some reason. It is used to suggest that evidence for or against is flimsy. (Charges that the chemical plant caused birth defects are at this point anecdotal - meaning undeniable but prove it in court, we own the judge). Actually, most of the decisions we make on a daily basis are grounded on the anecdotal, absent the ideal of perfect information. One of the most misused words in journalism after "ironically".

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