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January 5, 2017
Someone I know actually used "NOT!" unironically, and I was embarrassed for him. We are around the same age, and we lived through the 90s when it was fashionable to intentionally make an incorrect statement, and then negate it (after an artful pause) by shouting "NOT!", often in a sort of raspy or gravelly voice.

We should give "NOT!" back to the 90s and let them keep it, and here is why: the concept of an objective reality is slippery and suspect enough these days. Let's be radical by seeking and telling the truth, even if it makes us uncomfortable.