The Ghosts of Shopping Past

The Ghosts of Shopping Past

JC Penney, Dixie Square Mall by Brian Ulrich.

On the Melty Qualities of Truthiness

On the Melty Qualities of Truthiness

I saw this image in a post on Merlin Mann’s blog and, reading the tiny copy like the nerd I am, I noticed the word ‘melty’. Aha! I thought, didn’t they just add that word to the dictionary to much hoopla a couple years ago, claiming Taco Bell coined it? Didn’t they? And here’s a much earlier usage!

I searched for the dimly-remembered headline, ah, here it is: Webster’s Reluctantly Adds ‘Melty’ To English Lexicon, from 2007. But wait. Its in The Onion.

Dictionary.com: melty - no dictionary results.

So my memory is no longer able to reliably sort fact from parody, and ‘melty’ is still not in the dictionary. Perhaps, as with Big Macs, Not Everything Bad Is Good For Us.