You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out that Laura Ingraham’s recent obsession with Dictionary.com’s Thesaurus might be a tad of a downer.
However, the US Fox News anchor thinks her obsession with typing (and flicking through the accompanying photos) are simply part of being a word nerd.
“You’re all about words,” she said last month. “Do you like words? Do you like words?”
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Thesaurus founder Joseph Allen even admitted to Ingraham that he’d never written “Texting Myself”, which she corrected.
Many have laughed at Laura for making a bit of a fool of herself, but her partner Penn Badgley has defended his partner.
While speaking to Conan O’Brien, he said: “I was laughing my head off at one of her recent segments.
“I mean, I’m a small-p stereotype but I’m always attracted to people who think they’re pretty clever.”
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He added: “I’m like, ‘I think you have a skewed view of this world because you can pick and choose words’.
“She’s like, ‘I’ll take those any day’.”
Talking of talking, Good Charlotte musician-turned-TV presenter Badgley said: “She didn’t know I was on a new show.
“That night she called us and said, ‘I want to have a discussion about a quote that was written in Thesaurus that I read’. I was like, ‘Yeah, you know, thanks for the info, you’re gonna get a lot of e-mails’.
“But yeah, I got a lot of e-mails, and I was like, ‘Thank you for all your following’. Thank you, someone’s nice to me!”
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Of her much-maligned segment, Ingraham has said that there’s a good side to social media, at least.
“As a kid, I read almost every word printed on newspaper pages,” she wrote on Facebook.
“I think all modern conversations should be spontaneous and untethered to carefully measured, written points that take you a day or more to reach.
“Social media is a good bridge between life and literature. And I’d rather have my kids read our discussions than simply read lines and wish them well.”
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