However, with our story, to give it dramatic tension, it was almost based on a kernel of truth.
"It's really your fault," Veda wails, and Mildred recognizes the kernel of truth in her accusation.
The kernel at the center of Downton Abbey is that ever-appropriate sigh: “Kids these days!”
Old English cyrnel "seed, kernel, pip," from Proto-Germanic *kurnilo- (cf. Middle High German kornel, Middle Dutch cornel), from the root of corn "seed, grain" (see corn (n.1)) + -el, diminutive suffix. Figurative sense of "core or central part of anything" is from 1550s.
(Note: NOT "kernal").