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a kernel of truth

A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity. I think the governor's speech is a bunch of hogwash by and large, but there is a kernel of truth in what he said about the need for lower taxes.
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Like many such sayings, pieces of folk wisdom from the dusty past, there's a strong kernel of truth.
There was a kernel of truth in each of them -- an event or trend that deserved to be countered or responded to.
However, this time I fear there may be a kernel of truth in her ramblings.
And therein lies the kernel of truth that could resolve two problems researchers have until now been unable to resolve: First, that no approach to brain research had ever been able to precisely represent consciousness; and second, that no one actually understood how a network of neurons, also known as the human brain, could somehow give rise to consciousness.
They took a kernel of truth and blew it out of proportion, twisted it to get vengeance for firing Officer Bach,'' he said of the union letter.
If there is a kernel of truth in the accusation, Clarkson would do well not to laugh it o .
This is a sweeping and unfair generalisation, no doubt some made their fortunes through honest hard work but there is a kernel of truth in the statement.
This recurrent idea - that something is going to save or ruin a campaign in its final weeks - has a kernel of truth at its center: What the voters are talking about in September is not always what is on their minds when it is time to vote.
It could be a football problem, too - the data points are inconclusive - but primarily, it's an example of how a kernel of truth can grow into an unchallenged assumption.
His take is hilarious and, like all good observational comedy, his skewed viewpoints hold a kernel of truth.
While one might be inclined to accept that there may be a kernel of truth in the absence of an identifiable moderate force there is also an equally large kernel of truth in the fact that intelligence should have indicated a build-up of this size on two fronts and the US could have then made some attempt to prevent it getting out of hand.
I know that's a bit of an overstatement, but there's a large kernel of truth there.
And there would be a kernel of truth in what they were saying.
As D'Ancona writes of the clashing between Osborne and Cable: "As irritated as he was, however, the Chancellor recognised that it was important to keep Cable happy: the latter's occasional boasts that he could bring the Government down at whim were an exaggeration, but they contained a kernel of truth.
Some of these stories may even have a kernel of truth in them, but there is another adage worth keeping in mind: The plural of anecdote is not data.
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