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    1. The following are excerpts from a news report by Rob Gillies, Chief of Bureau for The Associated Press in Canada, Toronto, dated January 26, 2019, under the headline "Canada's prime minister fires his ambassador to China".

    (Begin excerpts)
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired Canada's ambassador to China after the envoy said it would be "great" if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for a Chinese tech executive arrested in Canada....

    McCallum told Chinese media in the Toronto area earlier in the week that the extradition of Meng to the United States "would not be a happy outcome."

    He suggested the case was politically motivated and said the U.S. could make a trade deal with China in which it would no longer seek her extradition, and two Canadian detained in China could then be released....

    McCallum's remarks surprised many and fueled speculation that Canada might be trying to send a signal to China to reduce tensions...

    Robert Bothwell, a professor at the University of Toronto, said it is not an ambassador's job to speak out of turn.

    "Of course, McCallum can obviously take refuge in arguing that what he said was largely true, but he can't escape the fact that it wasn't his job to say it. It does underline the hazards of sending a politician to do a diplomat's job," Bothwell said.... (End excerpts)

    2. With regard to the comment by Robert Bothwell, a professor at the University of Toronto, which implied that McCallum's remark was "largely true", I coin the term "callum" to mean the following:

    (a) To say what is “totally” or "largely true" (about, on, etc).

    (b) To say what it is.

    3. The following sentences show the use of the new term.

    (i) While everybody was praising "how fine were the Emperor's new clothes", a child callumed aloud, "But he hasn't got anything on!"

    (ii) It is hazardous to callum aloud on a controversial issue in a diplomat’s job. You may lose your job as the truth does hurt because its messages are in the open.

    (ii) The villagers did not run to help the shepherd boy who was calluming "Wolf! Wolf!" because they thought he was crying wolf again.

    Source: https://abcnews.go.com/International...uawei-60647983

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    Donald Trump's infamous Hitler-style rabble-rousing chants: "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

    "What happens when you're confronted with a politician (Trump) who is utterly without shame? You can reveal where he's lied, explain all the facts, and try as hard as you can to inoculate the public against his falsehoods. But by the time you've done that, he has already told 10 more lies." -- Paul Waldman

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    Unfortunately your new word appears and sounds too much like the word calumny which has the opposite meaning.


    "noun, plural cal·um·nies.

    a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something:

    The speech was considered a calumny of the administration.
    the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation"

    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/calumny

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    Default Re: Callum

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaadi View Post
    Unfortunately your new word appears and sounds too much like the word calumny which has the opposite meaning.


    "noun, plural cal·um·nies.

    a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something:

    The speech was considered a calumny of the administration.
    the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation"

    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/calumny
    It depends on one's interpretation and pronunciation. It may sound like "call to arms".

    I wonder how you can add the letters "ny" (together with the deletion of the letter "l") to the term "callum" with no rhyme or reason. Even a person with very bad hearing problems (perhaps with the exception of you) can differentiate the pronunciation between "callum" and "calumNY".

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dict...ll%20to%20arms
    Last edited by reedak; 28-01-2019 at 11:07 PM.
    Donald Trump's infamous Hitler-style rabble-rousing chants: "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

    "What happens when you're confronted with a politician (Trump) who is utterly without shame? You can reveal where he's lied, explain all the facts, and try as hard as you can to inoculate the public against his falsehoods. But by the time you've done that, he has already told 10 more lies." -- Paul Waldman

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