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"Before The Truth Has Got [Her] Boots On"
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October 20, 2009, 11:33 PM
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Steve Sailer`s item on SuperFreakonomics quotes Stephen Dubner as saying "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." an old saying that gets a lot of kicking around in Terry Pratchett`s novel The Truth, (Discworld 25) and gets some more in his latest, Unseen Academicals:

"Truth is female, since truth is beauty rather than handsomeness; this, Ridcully reflected as the Council grumbled in, would certainly explain the saying that a lie could run around the world before Truth has got its, correction, her boots on, since she would have to choose which pair-the idea that any woman in a position to choose would have just one pair of boots being beyond rational belief. Indeed, as a goddess she would have lots of shoes, and thus many choices: comfy shoes for home truths, hobnail boots for unpleasant truths, simple clogs for universal truths and possibly some kind of slipper for self-evident truth."