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Stephen Colbert has coined a number of neologisms on his show The Colbert Report. While many of these have been involved in the linguistically oriented humor of his segment called "The WØRD", Colbert started his show with the neologism "grippy" which appeared as the last word in the opening credit sequence for four months, and has continued to start his show with a neologism ever since. Many of Colbert's words make their way into the English language, the most notable example being "truthiness", which was named word of the year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster, thus confirming his influence on the English language.

Opening Segment[edit]

Introductory Phrase[edit]

Colbert typically starts each episodes with dramatic teasers for the show's topics and guest, where he stares down the TV audience. This is followed by a introductory phrase, that promotes the show. This phrase often inserts the word truth in a common phrase or metaphor, and generally ends with, "This is the Colbert Report." This phrase often also contains neologisms. These neologisms, especially ten to be portemanteaux, because Colbert has no opportunity to explain the word; the meaning must be self-evident from the one sentence phrase it's encapsulated in.


Neologism Date Debuted Introductory phrase
Truthocution October 19th. "Strap yourself in and flip the switch, 'cause you're about to get a Truthocution."
Truth Mitzvah October 26 "Strike up the klezmer and start acting like a man. You're about to have a Truth Mitzvah."
Truthiness October 31 "Shave off your body hair and put on your bike shorts. You just grabbed the yellow jersey in the Tour de Truthiness."}
Truthikaze November 15th "Break out some vodka, some lime juice, and the facts. You're about to do an upside down Truthikaze."
ThanksTruthing November 17 "Sharpen your carving knife and loosen your belt. You're coming over to my house for ThanksTruthing."
truthed December 12 "Forgive me, Father, for I have Truthed."


Neologism Date Debuted Introductory phrase
Truthtini February 28 "Wanna prepare the perfect Truthtini? That's two parts vodka, no part fact."
Truthoscopic March 1 "America, bend over and relax, you're about to get a Truthoscopic examination."
minimum rage September 13 "America, I'm about to raise your minimum rage. This is The Colbert Report!"

Opening Credits[edit]

The opening credits feature flag waving, Colbert striking poses, and words describing Colbert flying by. The most prominent of these words will change occasionally, and is always a neologism. Here is a list of the words that have been included:

Neologism Dates Definition
"Grippy" (October 17, 2005 - February 9, 2006)
"Megamerican" (February 21 – April 6, 2006) A portemanteau of Mega and American.
"Lincolnish" (April 17, 2006 – August 24, 2006) Having some kind of quality in common with Abraham Lincoln.
"Superstantial" (September 11, 2006 - January 8, 2007) More than stantial (cf. substantial).
"Freem" (January 9, 2007 - present) According to Colbert, "Freedom without the do, because I do it all for you."

Neologisms Coined on The Wørd[edit]

Neologism Date Debuted Definition
Truthiness 2005 October 17
Smarterer 2006 January 18 Used to describe a condition better than being smarter.
Public-See 2006 January 19 A humorous antonym of Privacy.
Jesi 2006 January 31 The plural of Jesus.
Superegomaniac 2006 May 9
Psychopharmaparenting 2006 July 11
Wikiality 2006 July 31 The representation of truth on Wikipedia that is determined by consensus rather than fact.
Dumb-ocracy 2006 August 15
Ecu-Menace! 2006 November 28
S.M.A.F.U. 2007 January 25 An acronym that spells Southern Methodists All Fucked Up
Wikilobbying 2007 January 29 A portmanteau of Wikipedia and lobbying that refers to the practice of paying someone else to edit Wikipedia to be more favorable to one's own interests.



Fictitious money in which, according to the Report, Colbert's employees are paid. Colbucks are only accepted at the company store. Among the items available for purchase are "Colbert Condon'ts", which carry the slogan, "These condoms don't run".



A word he decided would be his view instead of truthiness to reflect the Democrat's taking Congress. He says that now instead of ignoring facts, he now only mentions/cares about facts that are convenient or supportive as per his views. When he first said it the bullet said Truthiness Copyright 2007, parodied the controversy on the origin of truthiness.


A portmanteau of Feminist and Gestapo. Colbert's word for radical feminists. A play on the more common slur "Feminazi."

Filliam H. Muffman[edit]

A portmanteau of Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, parodying celebrity couple nicknames such as Bennifer and Brangelina. The term was first used on the Valentine's Day special Stephen's Laws of Love, a segment which also mentioned the couple's fictional movie The Splendiferous Zeppelin Escapades of Filliam H. Muffman and "Billympia", a portmanteau of William H. Macy and ex-girlfriend Olympia Dukakis.

The word is noted for causing Colbert to lose character by laughing.


Used on the opening credits of the Report to describe Colbert, starting on 1/11/2007.


An acronym that spells Formerly United States-Supported Dictators Internationally Reviled for Acts of Genocide. Lists five people: Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milošević, Augusto Pinochet, General Suharto, and Charles Taylor.



Hunami was coined when Stephen Colbert deftly contracted the phrase "human tsunami" into a single word. It was first seen in the October 19, 2006, episode of The Colbert Report as he was introducing founder of The Minuteman Project Inc., Jim Gilchrist.


A screenshot from Stephen Colbert's Hiphopketball: A Jazzebration, a fictitious documentary.

A mix of the words "Hip-hop" and "Basketball".



A celebration of Jazz culture, often referring to Stephen Colbert's Hiphopketball: A Jazzebration, a fictitious documentary.


Plural of Jesus, feature on the Word.



Having some kind of quality in common with Abraham Lincoln. Used on the opening credits of the Report to describe Colbert (April 17August 24, 2006).



A play on "Mega-American", this word was used to describe Colbert in the opening credits of the Report (February 21April 6, 2006).



In an interview with Will Wright, Colbert used this word to desribe fans response to Will Wright's being on the show. A combination of the words "nerd" and "erection"



Meaning the opposite of impersonating. To act as oneself, and additionally from oneself's own gut.

Stephen Colbert used this word during a sketch where he stated, "There is too much impersonating and not enough Personating!"

Stephen Colbert came to the conclusion that there had to be a Steve Bridges impersonator because of a Fox News Channel reporter who made paradoxical statements regarding Steve Bridges' George W. Bush impersonations (October 16, 2006).



An acronym that spells Southern Methodists All Fucked Up


More than stantial (cf. substantial). Used on the opening credits of the Report to describe Colbert (September 11, 2006).

Stephen Colbert's World of ColbertCraft[edit]

A fictitious project Colbert revealed on the Report, which is a deliberate play on World of Warcraft.



Truthiness is a humorous term in reference to the quality by which a person claims to know something intuitively, instinctively, or "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, or intellectual examination. Colbert popularized this definition of the word during the first episode (October 17, 2005) of his satirical television program The Colbert Report, as the subject of a segment called "The Wørd."

By using the term as part of his satirical routine, Colbert sought to critique the tendency to rely upon "truthiness," and its use as an appeal to emotion and tool of rhetoric in contemporary socio-political discourse. He particularly applied it to President Bush's modus operandi in nominating Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and in deciding to invade Iraq.


Unicorn Husbandry[edit]

Unicorn husbandry was a "science" proposed by Colbert in response to theoretical physics.



Main article: Wikiality

The representation of truth on Wikipedia that is determined by consensus rather than fact. He also instructed viewers to change the elephant article to add that the number of elephants has tripled in the last six months, saying that if enough people agreed, it would become true and would be the first step on a path to saving the endangered beasts. He goes on to express his love for Wikipedia as it presents a philosophy similar to Colbert's own truthiness (that intuition is more true than fact) as "if enough people believe something" it becomes true. wikiality is also the name of a fan wiki that is devoted to Colbert and the matter in which he parodies conservative ideas.


A portmanteau of Wikipedia and lobbying, coined January 29, 2007. Refers to the practice of paying someone else to edit Wikipedia to be more favorable to one's own interests. Colbert used the word to describe an incident where Microsoft offered to pay Rick Jelliffe to edit Wikipedia, then satirically offered five USD to the first of his show's viewers to edit the Wikipedia article on reality to read only "reality is a commodity" a feat that was achieved within seconds of the broadcast and has since been the subject of repeated vandalism of the entry.


Colbert's term for the American Dialect Society.