Friday, April 17, 2009

Word of the Day: Canard


Main Entry:
ca·nard           Listen to the pronunciation of canard
\kə-ˈnärd also -ˈnär\
French, literally, duck; in sense 1, from Middle French vendre des canards à moitié to cheat, literally, to half-sell ducks
1 a: a false or unfounded report or story ; especially : a fabricated report b: a groundless rumor or belief2: an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces ; also : a small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that can increase the aircraft's performance

"canard." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.

Merriam-Webster Online. 17 April 2009

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Example: I am surprised with the number of websites and blogs that I find where the Young Earth Creationist is a practicing unlicensed apologist who simply repeats the many canards one finds in YEC circles, and which have been refuted time and time again.

See also: X-Evolutionist.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

So you're "open minded", eh?

This video is very well put together and very clearly articulates the difference between truly being open minded (but sentient) and having a mind into which just any idea can fall and sprout into idiocy.


Update: Link to the video producer on YouTube