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Entry from March 31, 2020
Fluther (flu + truther)

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was disputed by some, who claimed that it was basically the same as the seasonal flu. “Fluther” (flu + truther) is a portmanteau word that was used. “Fluther” is also a collective noun for jellyfish.

“Fluthers gonna fluthe” was posted on Twitter by ProSuja on February 17, 2020. “Nope I am refuting the fluthers who claim flu is more of a danger” was posted onTwitter by CarcosaVirus later on February 17, 2020. “Fluthers.. they shall be named” was posted on Twitter by 28 Days Later on February 18, 2020.

“Max howroute is one that used the word originally. His account got banned. Credit to where credit is due” was posted on Twitter by ProSuja on April 1, 2020.


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

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Hilary B. Bisenieks
@HBBisenieks
the internet informs me that fluther is the collective noun for jellyfish, just in case you were wondering which particular grammar seeded this tweet
5:19 PM · Jan 23, 2020·TweetDeck

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ProSuja
@ProSuja
Replying to @howroute
Fluthers gonna fluthe? Yea, x10 puts us 450 million cases. China seems to be carrying the blunt of this. With 700M+ in quarantine, even 450 millions is more than feasible.
12:23 PM · Feb 17, 2020·Twitter Web App

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CarcosaVirus
@CarcosaV
Replying to @n5iln and @cassaleigh_
Nope I am refuting the fluthers who claim flu is more of a danger.
1:49 PM · Feb 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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28 Days Later
@VGKnightinArmor
Replying to @ryanrogue4
Fluthers.. they shall be named
12:56 PM · Feb 18, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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28 Days Later
@VGKnightinArmor
Replying to @DonieDarko3
Go on with you life then…
You’re obviously a troll or a FLUTHER…
1:00 PM · Feb 18, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Fau
@Fauzia_Fatchan
Replying to @VGKnightinArmor
I responded to a fluther yesterday. Forget the numbers, has anybody worn a hazmat suit in treating flu patients?
5:17 PM · Feb 18, 2020·Twitter for Android

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CarcosaVirus
@CarcosaV
Replying to @Primally_Sean @kakape and @mtosterholm
Get out of here with the fluther stuff. It is an order of magnitude less as a threat than this on an individual and social level. How do you not have the ability to extrapolate and see exponential growth. Even without math acumen, look at how doctors dying, governments reacting
12:48 PM · Feb 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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ChristosArgyropoulos
@ChristosArgyrop
Don’t believe the #flubros or the #fluthers. They are the ones who provided the shell of legitimacy for gov to drag their feet. #COVID19
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Cath
@remain_human_
· Mar 8
Replying to @florian_krammer
Exactly! My only advice as an Italian is: don’t trust anyone who says that’s just a flu&it only kills old/ill people. Don’t underestimate this epidemic. If you don’t halt the contagion or slow it, you’ll find yourselves with a health system that can’t be efficient anymore.
9:14 PM · Mar 8, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Dave Jets
@Dave_Jets
#Fluther = someone who thinks “it’s just the flu” and hasn’t been paying attention to places affected (like Italy) #coronavirus #COVID19
1:02 PM · Mar 11, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Sunny
@MarblesSunny
Replying to @PeterSweden7
I’ve heard #fluther too, people are putting their heads in the sand.
3:07 PM · Mar 13, 2020·Twitter for Android

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(((Ryan Ridley)))
@ryanridley
I don’t think people are taking this poll seriously enough. Please. Tweet it out. We need data to solve this problem!! #StayAtHome #TuckerCarlson #Fluther #COVID2019 #COVID19impinv #SocialDistancingPickUpLines #Whateverhashtagwillgetthisseenbymostpeople
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Bill Mitchell
@mitchellvii
· Mar 19
If Obama were running for re-election and not Trump, would we even be talking about COVID-19 right now?
Show this poll
10:11 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Marc Williams
@Morkins
Has anyone coined the word “Fluther” to describe those people disseminating crazy coronavirus conspiracies? If not, it’s mine and if I see it on the Internet I will know you stole my idea.
4:27 PM · Mar 25, 2020 from Hounslow, London·Twitter for iPhone

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Emily Deans MD
@evolutionarypsy
Credit where credit is due...I first heard the “flubro” term from @ChristosArgyrop
He also came up with the equally entertaining “fluther”
8:22 AM · Mar 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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(((Ryan Ridley)))
@ryanridley
“Coronavirus truther” @nathanTbernard? Why haven’t we collectively agreed on FLUTHER yet? Are we above it or something? Will it somehow demean the seriousness of exposing these people? I mean, shit, TRUTHER is already a silly portmanteau. Let’s just go for it. #Fluther
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Nathan Bernard
@nathanTbernard
· 11h
A coronavirus truther in New York tells conspiracy theorist James O’Keefe that coronavirus is “just like the flu”, and that he’s hanging out “in the tents” with infected patients, but feeling “good”.
This propaganda will get people killed.
0:11
5:21 PM · Mar 31, 2020·Twitter Web App

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ProSuja
@ProSuja
Replying to @barrypopik @CarcosaV and 5 others
Max howroute is one that used the word originally. His account got banned. Credit to where credit is due.
12:38 AM · Apr 1, 2020·Twitter for Android

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