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/ fɪsk /


James,1834–72, U.S. financier and stock speculator.


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/ (fɪsk) /


slang to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point

Word Origin for fisk

C21: after the use of this technique by Robert Fisk (born 1946), British journalist, to criticize articles
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Word Origin and History for fisk



2002, an Internet argument tactic involving a reprinting of an article or blog post, interlarded with rebuttals and refutations, often intended to show the original is a sandpile of flawed facts, unfounded assertions, and logical fallacies. Named for English journalist Robert Fisk (b.1946), Middle East correspondent for the "Independent," whose writing often criticizes America and Israel and is somewhat noted for looseness with details. Related: Fisked; fisking.

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