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Posted: 22 December 2016 06:40 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 24 January 2017 01:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’ll get in early for a suggestion on the 2017 WOTY.

Subtweeting.

It means tweeting about someone without mentioning them by name.

It’s not a brand spanking new term, there are cites on the web that are three years old. It’s been getting a bit of use lately.

http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/01/department-of-defense-subtweets-trump-about-metal-health.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/675160/department-defense-subtweeting-president-trump
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/08/is_the_secret_service_subtweet.html
https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/sesame-subtweet?utm_term=.emzlppmA#.xoWKaaLY

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Posted: 24 January 2017 05:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Duly noted.

For 2017, I’m noting possibles for each month as the year passes, but won’t make decisions until December. So suggest away.

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Posted: 25 January 2017 02:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Be hard to keep “alternative facts” out of the running for January.

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Posted: 25 January 2017 04:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The other one in the running is carnage. It hasn’t gotten the media coverage that alternative facts has, although it has a fair bit. But its use in the inaugural address itself is significant.

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Posted: 25 January 2017 04:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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What a great time to be a linguist!

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Posted: 25 January 2017 03:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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OP Tipping - 25 January 2017 04:47 AM

What a great time to be a linguist!

or a member of the trumpenproletariat?

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Posted: 25 January 2017 03:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Emolument is another I’m keeping my eye on.

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Posted: 26 January 2017 09:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Fungible

I heard it tonight and I believe I’ve heard it before but not often. Tonight on TV (MSNBC Last Word with Lawrence O’Donell) was the long discussion about truth vs-à-vis things like the size of the crowd at the inauguration or the numbers of fraud voters in the last US election. “When the truth becomes fungible.”

OED Etymology: < medieval Latin fungibilis (‘res fungibiles’ Du Cange), < fungī (with sense as in fungi vice, to take the place, fulfil the office of).
The adjective belongs to Civil Law and to the general theory of Jurisprudence; the noun is in addition a current term of the law of Scotland.

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:  readily changeable to adapt to new situations :  flexible <Managers typically use more than a hundred different lineups over the course of the season. Batting orders are so fungible that few players last long in one spot. — Tom Verducci>

How old is this use?

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Posted: 27 January 2017 04:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’d say that sense was pretty new. I was not aware of it (but I’m hardly surprised by it; it’s a very predictable outgrowth). American Heritage doesn’t have it, nor do any of the Oxford dictionaries I consulted.

In the traditional sense it would be the batters, not the batting order, that are fungible.

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Posted: 27 January 2017 04:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I should get a fungi vice for the kitchen

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Posted: 09 February 2017 02:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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"Hold my beer”

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Posted: 12 February 2017 06:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Candidate for Feb., 2017:  so-called, as in so-called judge.

In the reader comments following a Washington Post report about
Japan’s Prime Minister Abe and the fellow who occupies the White House
these days, I noticed a user name that has possibilities.

SCROTUS_So-Called-Ruler-Of-The-United-States

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Posted: 16 February 2017 10:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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OP Tipping - 24 January 2017 01:48 AM

I’ll get in early for a suggestion on the 2017 WOTY.

Subtweeting.

It means tweeting about someone without mentioning them by name.

It’s not a brand spanking new term, there are cites on the web that are three years old. It’s been getting a bit of use lately.


http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/01/department-of-defense-subtweets-trump-about-metal-health.html
http://theweek.com/speedreads/675160/department-defense-subtweeting-president-trump
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/08/is_the_secret_service_subtweet.html
https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/sesame-subtweet?utm_term=.emzlppmA#.xoWKaaLY

Seems that Merriam-Webster has been subtweeting the Trump administration without pause.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PInwodzeNzE

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Posted: 19 February 2017 03:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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deep state

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Posted: 19 February 2017 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Fake news

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