The recent term “alternative facts” regarding how many people attended the inauguration reminded me of something said to me long ago.
He was a new friend. I knew he got high but that’s not my thing. He was visiting one afternoon and we were having a discussion – I forget about what – and he said something questionable that I then challenged. He became somewhat indignant and offered a swift rejoinder.
HIM: “It’s a factual fact.”
That’s when I realized he was stoned.
We didn’t stay friends but to this day I trot out his words when I think my words need that little extra emphasis.