Facts or alternative facts – What’s the difference?

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Trump drama continues – facts or alternative facts

There’s a new phrase being banded around at the moment – ‘alternative facts’. For those of you watching the very entertaining (although slightly worrying) Trump drama, you will know what I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t, here’s a quick summary.

Trump’s inauguration watched, attended, tweeted by millions across the globe turned into a ‘my dad is bigger than your dad’ competition. Trump’s party, delighted by their leader creating such a never seen before spectacle were rather disappointed when the press started to compare other Presidents’ first inaugurations. The picture the media painted was very different to what Sean Spicer (White house press secretary) had boasted.

The Trumptons, (as I will now name them, a children’s television programme back in the 60’s with many similarities namely, idiotic behaviour and interesting hairstyles!) then fought back with Kellyanne Conway (counsellor to Mr Trump) stating that Sean Spicer had given ‘alternative facts’ to the numbers attending.

When everyone started to question what that meant, Mr Spicer then added his comments were not ‘alternative facts’ but more like a weather report. One weather report talks of light rain, another says it’s going to be cloudy. No one has lied but you can interpret the data.

These comments have started a ‘word rush’ where everyone wants to know what these words mean. As do I. So I looked it up. Wikipedia has already got a page for ‘alternative facts’ meaning a phrase used by Kellyanne Conway, therefore irrelevant. It’s probably best to look at the two words separately.

Alternative

(noun) means one of two or more possibilities.

(adjective) another possibility or choice, activities that depart from or challenge the traditional norms.

Fact

(noun) Thing that is known or proved to be true.

What conclusion have I come to?

So to sum up, according to Ms Conway, Mr Spicer spoke about “one of two or more possibilities that are true”. Interesting!

I have now come up with alternative facts for my family. There are some great ones on Twitter at the moment. #spicer facts #alternative facts

Alternative facts for family members

Alternative facts said to Husband: “I bought a gorgeous pair of shoes in a sale and saved over £30.”

Fact – I spent £150 on a pair of shoes and you’re going to kill me.

“I love the colour of that top you bought me.”

Fact – I’m never wearing it unless it’s fancy dress.

Alternative fact said to Child: “I’m so proud that you finished the race.”

Fact – You finished last. I’m so embarrassed.

AF said to Teenager Daughter: “You look very grown up in that dress.”

Fact – She can’t go out in that. She looks about 20.

AF said to Mother in Law: “Your son has been meaning to phone you but has been so busy.”

Fact – He doesn’t want to phone you.

AF said to Friend: “I didn’t tell anybody about your misfortunate date with that creep.”

Fact – I told my mum. She’s not anybody.

I could go on.

Proving that it’s not just presidential press secretaries who can make up alternative facts and that’s a fact.

 

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