It denotes a pedantic, exhaustive,
point-by-point refutation of someone's political position and it was named for
a British news-correspondent who employs it; what one-syllable neologistic
eponym is it?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
This was fascinating! I
had no clue! I plan to follow up some of the recommended web-sites. I'm glad
there's a word for what I am forced to do with Dubya and his cohorts every day!
james.t.wood at _att.net
Using the term
fisking is too much an honour for such a biased
person. I'd rather use that term for unconditionally biased antisemitic
journalists or politicians who seek the source of evil in Judaism in connection
with any international event of a negative nature.
[Mootguy: If you work at it,
perhaps you can add that connotation to the term.]
serveks at tnn.net
I wanted to raise a question about the
use of "eponym" in this week's question. According to 2 online dictionaries,
eponym refers to the person for whom something is named, not the new word
itself. I.e. Romulus is the eponym of Rome.
Your question was about the new word, not about
Fisk's name, even though, in this case the proper noun and the new verb are
spelled the same.
I guess my point is
that the neologism is not the eponym. At least not according to the
dictionaries that I read.
[Mootguy: According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, an
eponym is (1) a word derived from a person's name and (2) a person who has had
a word derived from his/her name. It seems that the on-line and off-line
world's are in disagreement - which do you trust?]
dougclind at yahoo.com
This is incorrect. A cursory googling
will reveal that this technique is not named after Fisk because he employs it,
but because it is employed against him by his (numerous) enemies in the
right-wing blogosphere. It's also not a particularly new technique - the
quoting style of newsreader software made it a common 'debating' tactic on
USENET for many years.
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