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New language inspired by Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert has perhaps reached the pinnacle of his career – he’s inspired a language.

Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois needed to invent a new language for a study, and chose Colbert as the language’s inspiration.

“Stephen Colbert has brought new words like ‘truthiness’ and ‘Lincolnish’ into the lexicon,” Marian said. “We had to invent a new language to do our research, and no one invents words as readily as Stephen Colbert. Naming our new language after Colbert was a no-brainer.”

Marian said the Colbertian words were designed not to resemble any words in English or Spanish. (Source:

The researchers say their study will help them find out if knowing multiple languages makes learning a new one easier.