Does That Mean They’re Not Loonies?

Daniel Dennett’s recent article on skepticism (in the Guardian) was accompanied by what I thought was an amusing editor’s correction:

This article was amended on Thursday 16 July 2009. Moon-landing sceptics were referred to as “loonies”, contrary to the Guardian style guide. This has been corrected.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to Does That Mean They’re Not Loonies?

  1. brelarow says:

    I also found that amusing. I think they’re still loonies we just have to be PC about it…. reality-challenged would work. ^.~

  2. Dean Morrison says:

    – noticed the same thing – we’re discussing here:

  3. santitafarella says:


    Thanks for the link.


  4. Paradigm says:

    There is a fine line between being PC and being impolite. Also, the word “loonie” implies that they have some form of mental illness which may be incorrect.

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