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A dictionary for the 9/11 “truth” movement


Although it’s apparently been making the rounds over the Internet, I had never seen this list before until Andrew over at Flavor Country posted A Dictionary for the 9/11 “Truth” Movement, which, if you’ve ever read the comment thread (223 comments!) after my one major foray into discussing the true idiocy that is the 9/11 “Truth” Movement, you will immediately realize to be pretty darned close to the truth.

A few key examples:

Alternative theory: Something so wacky that even Twoofers don’t give it much credence (e. g. holographic planes, pods).

Brainwashing: non-conspiratorial thinking, thought processes which involve documented information and scientific data.

This one applies to pretty much any crank, particularly Holocaust deniers.

Disasterbate – Convincing oneself that a major event is actually a government conspiracy. Usually involves ignoring evidence, quote mining, and watching internet conspiracy movies.
“After he heard about the explosion, he couldn’t wait to get home and disasterbate.

Mutual Disasterbation – When one conspiracy theorist uses another conspiracy theorist to validate his own crazy speculations.”The Loose Change forums are a den of mutual disasterbation”


Evidence: (pronounced “ev-ee-dense,” cf. David Ray Griffin) facts from scientific studies or direct observation that agree with the conspiracy theorist’s pet theory.

Applies just as well to alties, creationists, HIV/AIDS “skeptics, Holocaust deniers, etc.

Evirense (n.) – Proof of a conspiracy claim that traces back to a conspiracy website that freely admits it has no editorial standards whatsoever.

Evidense (n) : 1. misinterpreted data. e.g. photos of steel beams cut during the clean-up said to be evidence of umplosions (q.v.) such as *therm*te ; 2. coinvidence(s) (q.v.), ahumption(s) (q.v.).

Evidence,”Planted” : any real, actual, physical evidence really, actually, physically located at the scene, that disproves a given conspiracy theory and cannot be explained away by holograms, CGI, starwars space beams, etc.

Check out the whole list.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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