Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pope's vocabulary mistake

There is a minor kerfuffle (including on Drudge but also elsewhere) that the Pope compared "fake news" reports to a fetish of eating excrement.

Actually it sounds like he merely mixed  up two technical words that sound alike.

I believe what the Pope meant to say is that fake news is Corprolalia, 

Coprolalia is the medical term used to describe one of the most puzzling and socially stigmatizing symptoms of Tourette Syndrome—the involuntary outburst of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks.

The kerfuffle is actually an example of what he is talking about, but also an example of the Pope's problem with language in his "off the cuff remarks" where the press hooks on to something outrageous, takes it out of content and then spins the story for headlines instead of accurately reporting the problem he wants to discuss.

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