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  • Senators Complain They Dont Know What The Words In The Constitution Mean

    07/06/2017 7:07:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/05/17 | Phillip Stucky
    Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi said that several U.S. senators complained they couldn’t understand the words in the Constitution in a Tuesday interview. The daughter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelos filmed several senators, former presidents, and other officials reciting the Constitution for her upcoming documentary, “The Words That Built America.” “A lot of the senators complained that they didn’t know what the words [in the Constitution] meant,” Pelosi said, according to AXIOS. “Let’s face it: the words are dated. Not to Ted Cruz. To him, it’s poetry. He just went for it.” Cruz’s 2012 Senate run centered on “upholding the rule of law...
  • Don Lemon Trashes TRUMP: Sounded Like He Didnt Know the Meaning of the Big Words (VIDEO)

    03/01/2017 2:38:59 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    GP ^ | 3/01/17 | Jim Hoft
    Wow! Yeah, he defeated 17 Republican candidates including several successful governors, and media darling Hillary Clinton, but he’s an idiot. Right. Don Lemon trashed President Trump after his historic speech last night to a joint session of Congress. Lemon accused the US president of not knowing the meaning of the words.   “To me it sounds like a speech that was written for someone that he was reciting, and there were some big words and phrases that I don’t think that he actually connected to.”   And they wonder why the President trashes them at every press conference?
  • 8 of Our Favorite Words Coined by Mark Twain

    12/24/2016 10:30:20 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Week ^ | December
    1. bicentennial Usage of the word bicentennial, meaning occurring every 200 years, has been steadily increasing since the 1880s. The usage rose sharply in the 1970s, probably due to the United State Bicentennial, and then again in the mid-1980s, perhaps due to the bicentennial of the Statue of Liberty. Example: "New Orleans intended to fittingly celebrate, this present year, the bicentennial anniversary of this illustrious event; but when the time came, all her energies and surplus money were required in other directions, for the flood was upon the land then, making havoc and devastation everywhere." Life on the Mississippi,...
  • Lake Superior State University's 41st Annual List of Banished Words

    12/20/2016 6:17:28 AM PST · by workerbee · 67 replies
    o, if the wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University get their way, this is the last time a story lead like this will ever make it into print or broadcast. Answering a question by beginning with the word "so" is just one of a dozen forms of wordplay that made it onto LSSU's 41st annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. The tradition created by the late W. T. Rabe, former public relations director at Lake Superior State University, is now in its fifth decade. Compilers hope this year's list will be...

    12/06/2016 5:47:21 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 51 replies
    2000 Most Challenging and Obscure Words | December 6, 2016 | Norman Schur
    ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ERGOPHOBIA [ur goh FOh bee uh]hear it pronounced noun Literally, a hatred or terror of work. In 1905 in the British Medical Journal the word was coined describing " often pays better to idle and loaf about than to work, and the consequence is that a new disease has been engendered. which I (W.D. Spanton) have termed ergophobia"Erg" is a unit of work, Greek ergon plus the familiar suffix phobia.
  • Enemies of Language

    11/24/2016 4:10:30 AM PST · by randita · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/24/16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>What would happen if conservatives started to change the words we use for political ends?</p> <p>Throughout history, revolutionaries of all stripes have warped the meaning of words to subvert reality.</p> <p>And now here we go again, with another effort spearheaded by the media and universities to use any linguistic means necessary to achieve political ends.</p>
  • 50 Incorrect Pronunciations That You Should Avoid

    11/18/2016 12:35:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 244 replies
    Daily Writing Tips ^ | December 2, 2008 | Maeve Maddox
    Fred Astaire drew laughs back in the Thirties with his song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" in which the lovers can't agree on the pronunciation of words like either, neither, and tomato. On a personal level, I cringe when I hear someone sound the "t" in often or pronounce pecan with a short "a," but I have to acknowledge that both these pronunciations are widely accepted alternate pronunciations that can be justified by the spelling. Alternate pronunciations, however, are a different matter from out-and-out mispronunciations. The latter, no matter how common, are incorrect, either because of the spelling that...
  • Trumped-Up Outrage

    10/11/2016 6:00:18 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    City Journal ^ | Oct 9, 2016 | Heather Mac Donald
    Trumped-Up Outrage The Left condemns the GOP candidate even as it celebrates crudity and sexual exhibitionism throughout the culture. Heather Mac Donald Democrats and their media allies, joined by many Republicans, are calling on Donald Trump to withdraw from the presidential race after a newly released, decade-old tape of a frat-house-level conversation between Trump and television host Billy Bush in 2005, in which Trump boasted of his heavy-handed pursuit of females. Trump describes trying unsuccessfully to seduce a married woman by taking her furniture shopping, speaking in the crudest terms. He brags that because he was a star he could...
  • Political book for debating the left

    07/25/2016 9:47:54 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 17 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 02-07-2014 | Paul Ibbetson
    Get the Kindle version of "Eat The Liberals" for the next couple days for just .99 cents. Synopsis: Winning debates is not easy. It takes work and the skills necessary to become a truly effective debater. This may require years to perfect. As you progress as a debater your clothes, your body language, your voice intonation will work in an organized synchronization with the information in your mind. No one has to tell people to respect the Great White shark as it swims to its destination. Everything about this imposing creature exudes an image of dominance. Strong debaters are the...
  • Uproar! Melania Trump Caught Borrowing Cliches From Michelle Obama Speech

    07/19/2016 7:39:28 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 154 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/19/2016 | John Merline
    CLEVELAND -- So the speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention that "everyone is talking about" was Melania Trump's endorsing her husband's candidacy, which appeared to have lifted passages from Michelle Obama's speech endorsing her husband's candidacy eight years ago.
  • Some words to live by

    04/05/2016 9:10:36 PM PDT · by Baynative · 3 replies
    Facebook site ^ | 4/5/16 | Clint Didier
    Today is the birthday of former Washington Redskins star tight end, Clint Didier. A hero on and off the field, a Christian gentleman, farmer and congressional candidate, he answered to many friends wishing him a happy birthday on his Facebook page with this poignant statement. I offer his words in promise as an inspiring thought for all of us who still believe there is goodness coming.
  • Newt Gingrich: New Words For A New World

    12/07/2015 5:35:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 39 replies ^ | December 7, 2015 | Newt Gingrich
    We are living in a world rapidly evolving away from the mental constructs and language of the last 375 years. These ideas can be traced to the Treaty of Westphalia ending the 30 Years War in 1648 and Grotius proposal of a system of International Law in the same era. The ideas were then extended through the development of state warfare culminating in the Napoleonic Wars.
  • The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice"

    11/25/2015 7:02:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice" Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2015 • Words can change meaning over time—sometimes dramatically. For example, "manufactured" originally meant "handmade" (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word "decimate" used to mean "to reduce by a tenth" (decem = ten); now people usually use it mean "to wipe out completely." The list of examples could go on and on. Yes, words do change meaning over time.One word that has changed meaning dramatically over time is "nice." Today it is an overused word that usually means pleasant, kind, or easygoing. In our...
  • Politics and What Remains of the English Language

    11/23/2015 8:29:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/23/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Here is a list of a few trendy words, overused, politicized, and empty of meaning, that now plague popular communications.</p> <p>"Intersection" How many times have we read a writer, columnist, pundit, or job applicant self-describe himself with this strange word? Here's an example: "Joe Blow is a social theorist working at the intersection of class oppression, racial stereotyping, and transgendered emergence."? Or: "Amanda Lopez writes at the intersection of Latina identity, Foucauldian otherness, and social media." Most of the time "intersection" exists only in the grandiose mind of the writer. It is a patent though feeble attempt to become a threefer or fourfer on the race/gender/generic victim/revolutionary activist scale. The intersected topics are individually irrelevant -- and all the more so when cobbled together. The use of "intersection" is a postmodern way of plastering bumper-sticker narcissisms without writing, "I am an identity-studies person without much knowledge of literature, history, or languages, but am desperately trying to convey expertise of some sort by piling up a bunch of pseudo-disciplines that credential my victimhood activism."</p>
  • Frontiers of political correctness: banning the word 'too'

    10/28/2015 1:02:46 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Move over, Melissa Harris-Perry it is getting crowded on the lunatic PC bench. Joining hard worker (racist!) on the PC banned word list is too (sexist!). Thats right: an adjective and adverb positing that something is more excessive in some quality than desirable is now verboten, as far as the Huffington Post is concerned. The editors there gave considerable space to Cameron Schaeffer, who identifies herself as a freshman at the University of Vermont, where her head has obviously been filled with victimology nonsense.Ms. Schaeffer describes contemplating her hair in the mirror. From her HuffPo headshot, it is apparent...
  • Google Fixes Homophobic "Bug" in its Translator

    01/28/2015 4:51:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | 1/28/15 | Jason Mick
    Issue appeared to be isolated to translating words relating to homosexuality Google Inc. (GOOG) came under fire from LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender) petition site, over flaws in its Translator Service, which led to translations to some languages yielding homophobic slurs. Google has now fixed the issue and apologized for its mistake. The controversy came after people noticed that when translating neutral words in foreign languages pertaining to homosexuality, the English translations at times suggested English colloquialisms that are commonly considered homophobic slurs among native speakers. This controversial vernacular was also peculiar as searches for neutral foreign equivalents...
  • Now Trending on Twitter: # Five Words To Ruin A Date

    01/13/2015 7:35:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/13/15 | Tweets
    Well, the Tweets on Twitter are at it again. The latest hashtag making waves: #FiveWordsToRuinADate . It was too good not to share. Here are some of the ones getting around.. FiveWordsToRuinADate I'm excited about Mike Huckabee It's about ethics in journalism Biden is a brilliant man You dislike my Obama mask? That Obama sure is brave! I am a smart liberal I really love David Hasselhoff You about a size 14? You're adam's apple is huge I want Nader in 2016. But Ben, what about Benghazi Ever bury a body before? Can we make this quick?' I miss good...
  • Should People Stop Saying Absolutely So Much? Absolutely! A Short Rant...

    01/13/2015 8:32:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 82 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Should People Stop Saying “Absolutely” So Much? Absolutely! – A Short Rant on an Overused Expression and Why it Should be Avoided By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the most overused terms in modern speech is the word “absolutely.” As in, “Do you want some gravy with those potatoes?” “Absolutely!” Or, “Would you agree that solution ‘X’ is the best solution to problem ‘Y’?”  “Absolutely!” What to call this … an expression? A semantic substitution for “yes?” A logism? A hyperbole? A grandiloquence? A periphrasis? Why this obsession with saying “absolutely” or its strange step-sister, “exactly”?It is a strange paradox...
  • 2014: The Year Advertisers Broke Feminism?

    11/18/2014 6:46:28 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rachel Raczka
    This week, Time Magazine proposed a ban of the word feminist. It was on a list along with bae, kale, and literally, like a culturally appropriated vocabulary word that has been overused, abused, and exhausted to the point of losing all proper meaning. And even worse, its winning! By a LANDSLIDE! More people would rather ban feminist than yaasssss and turnt.
  • Gawker: Its Cool to Punish OTHER People for Their Words, Just Not Us

    10/23/2014 12:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    free beacon ^ | 10/23/14 | Sonny Bunch
    As Ive noted elsewhere, the most amusing aspect of the whole #GamerGate phenomenon (background here and here and here) has been the angry progressive media types confusedly looking around trying to figure out how we got to a point where they would be targeted for boycotts and the like for casual comments they have made. As Varad Mehta noted, Crazy, right? They dont quite understand the world theyve created. They think its the worst thing in the whole world for Internet Tough Guys to make death and rape threats* and also that its cool to joke about Bristol Palin actually...