By Lam Poone
Washington Pest staff reporter

The word "gullible" is not actually a legitimate word and does not appear in English dictionaries, according to top US intelligence officials. "For many years, the public has been misled into thinking that this is a legitimate word, but it actually isn't," said CIA Assistant Deputy Director for Linguistic Affairs Naim Ridaktyd. "It's actually not in any of the dictionaries. Not even the big unabridged ones that you need a forklift to carry."

Other CIA officials confirmed the absence of "gullible" from dictionaries, and suggested theories as to why the English-speaking public has for years been using what is not an actual word. "I'm pretty sure [Russian president Vladimir] Putin is behind this," said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Suum Gai. "The whole thing started long before he was in any position of power, and even before he was born, but what can I say, he's fiendishly clever." Gai said that the Obama administration is still trying to determine Putin's ultimate goal in fabricating a fake English word, but that clearly it was something nefarious.

"It's very unsettling that the public could be deceived into believing in the existence of what turns out to not be a real word," said Chuck L. Head, retired CIA agent and president of security consulting firm Wars R Us. "I think it shows, unfortunately, that the general public is very, er, able to be easily tricked."