‘Truther’: Fighting Words Or Compliment?

9/11 Truth Graffiti In ConneticutIs the label “truther” an insult? Is it a synonymous for “conspiracy theorist”? Where did it come from?

The word seems to have gained prominence only after the September 11th attacks. Before that, you were a conspiracist or conspiracy theorist, just paranoid or part of the lunatic fringe, a crackpot or one of the lone gunmen. But in the years after the Twin Towers fell, those words have been replaced by a single noun.

In the New York Times Magazine, Leslie Savan wrote about the evolution of the term (“From Simple Noun to Handy Partisan Put-Down”), only as she observes “truther” was “self-chosen.” For years, it circulated on blogs and message boards. According to Savan, it was first used in 2004 by a 9/11 Truth activist who supported another activist who was being mocked by writing on his blog: “You’re a 9/11 Truther, don’t let them get to you.”

via The Truth About Truthers – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Truther Consequences
    surprising given our collective love of the truth

    You shall know the truther and the truther will set you to study.

  • Mark Pugner

    truthing liar, witch on fire

  • Mr B

    As a Truther myself, I don’t mind the label, so long as it’s used tactfully. A bit like “Jew”.
    But I never condone those fatuous bigots, who milk endless pride from deriding us as “Twoofers”.

  • davakins

    Oh, again with the truth