language and it’s use can be very fluid.
a folk may tell an outright fib i.e tell an outright lie
another folk with a thing for the use of language may simply say that
that folk was being economical with the truth
instead of saying
point-blank .. no-holds-barred .. that the other folk was fibbing / lying.
i guess that sort of fluidity of meaning and fluidity of interpretation
may apply to the terminology COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
which in some fields / areas
sort of essentially refers to a scenario
where a communicator is sending out a message / communication
and the receiver of the communication
sees that communication as something not to believe
because the receiver of the communication has detected something not entirely wholesome
somewhere within and/or linked to that communication.
and i guess that COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is what hits here in NIGERIA
when folks pick up newspapers
when folks listen to radio
when folks watch TV / television
and see and hear reports of
hundreds of thousands ? .. millions ? .. of pre-paid electricity meters being
purportedly sourced by administration
for the Electricity Distributing Companies ( Electricity Discos ) in Nigeria
to distribute and install for millions of residents of Nigeria
whose buildings do not have the new? pre-paid meters
and then match these news reports to a reality
where daily in their everyday lives
they see several folks who have applied for these new? pre-paid meters
and are no nearer to getting them
than, for example,
as Adolf Hitler is as near to being the most globally popular figure in all world history.