When you order a “skim milk” latte at Starbucks, you have Shakespeare to thank. That’s right, he’s the one who first penned the word “skim milk.” He also gave us “swagger,” “zany,” and “gossip.” If Shakespeare were alive and “tweeting” in 2011, he might have had a few 140-character sonnets that included “helicopter parents,” “bromances,” and “duathlons” (those are three-part races, go figure). Those were Merriam-Webster’s new additions last year.
On Tuesday, the dictionary institution announced its new entries for 2012. In case you don’t know how to use them, we’re providing you with some “aha moments” (yes, that’s one).
If Jesse Jackson Jr. has bipolar disorder, we should all be concerned about his well-being and hope he gets the treatment he’ll need to cope. I think it’s a good thing that we can use Jackson’s struggle to inspire a larger conversation about mental health in this country. That said, I think the media is failing us with its coverage of Jackson’s abrupt disappearance from Washington. I fear that any emerging discussion on mental illness will soon be derailed by Jackson’s alleged wrongdoings.
In 2005, Paul Ryan, said: “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” If all you've learned about Rand is that her name letters the spine of some thick paperbacks you've been lugging around since college with an intent to read, here's a quick guide to all things Rand-ian. Because really, you're never going to read Atlas Shrugged.
Ayn Rand, the Basics
Born: Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, 1905, Russia
Died: Ayn Rand, 1982, New York City (as a U.S. citizen)
Her life’s work: Rand was a writer and philosopher famous...
Mitt Romney might have mistakenly introduced Paul Ryan as “the next president of the United States,” but I wish it hadn't been a mistake. I wish Paul Ryan, the 42-year-old, seven-term House GOP member, was indeed at the top of the ticket for the Republican Party.
Apparently, President Obama is the most likable Muslim-Kenyan-socialist this country has ever known. In the world of polling, an eight-point advantage is not a small one. And this is exactly what Obama has in the category of likability. According to Gallup, 54 percent feel favorably about Obama, whereas only 46 percent feel the same about Romney.
If you love hunting, either because you’ve been raised in a hunting family or because you’ve taken a liking to it later in life, I do not understand you, but I cannot, honestly, despise you. After all, many of us will wear the fur of an animal or eat the guts of an animal, but are too cowardly to kill the animal ourselves. Some of us even fancy company in bars where walls are the postmortem home of many halves of deer and buffalo.
Much has been made of Barack Obama’s comments at a June 8th White House press conference, during which he said, “the private sector is doing fine.” Conservatives rushed to seize on what they saw as a few seconds of election-year gold. They argue that Obama’s remarks demonstrate the extent to which the President is out of touch with the pain of the American people. They say Obama has shown himself to be hopelessly insensitive to the severity of our ongoing economic malaise.
Two months ago, President Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts that his position on same-sex marriage had officially evolved. Just over a month later, the President announced in a press conference that he'd be signing an executive order that would effectively grant 800,000 "illegal" children temporary immunity from deportation. Then, this week, the President took to the East Room of the White House to insist that Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class should be extended for another year, while these same cuts for the rich should be allowed to expire.