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 n.— «“Bullgeschichte” is the methodological tool best exemplified by wikipediasts and dilettantes. The method entails taking a little bit of information, usually gained from a scant reading or scanning of a popular magazine like Time or People or Biblical Archaeology Review and then imagining that one is armed with the latest and most relevant information on the subject. Armed with that information, the practitioner of Bullgeschichte then writes a note or a posting to a discussion list or a weblog and insists in spite of any evidence to the contrary that they are alone right and no one else can be.» —“Bullgeschichte” by Jim West Dr. Jim West Apr. 19, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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