Upon learning that someone is trying to insert "dadelor" into the English language, we have but one reaction: Make it stop. We get that all the good portmanteaus and puns seem to be taken in various corners of the Internet, but this is a bridge too far in the realm of weak punnery.
Horrible neologism alert: "manopause" has entered the vernacular.
California's gubernatorial race has momentarily shifted from Brown vs. Whitman to slur vs. slur. Go go Oppression Olympics!
If you're an OED enthusiast, you'll be happy (or perhaps horrified?) to know that the famed dictionary has added several new words, including "vuvuzela," "staycation," and "turducken." [NPR]
In an effort to be extremely (overly?) sensitive, NPR has instructed staffers to no longer use the terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life." They're not "neutral" enough, apparently, so they're going to tiptoe around from here on out.
Yesterday we were introduced to "hegan." Today, it's "chexting," and its close friend, "brexting." No, really.
The good news: the number of women starting their own businesses is on the rise. The bad news: the number of words describing this process is also on the rise, hence the birth of "fempreneur," "femterprise," and "domestecutives." [TimesOnline]
A few months ago, I came home to find my dog rolling around in a pile of garbage, celebrating his destruction with the dance moves of Templeton from Charlotte's Web. The first words out of my mouth were "For Cripessake!"
I never knew how much I hated the word "fiancé" until I got engaged. I kind of cringe when I have to say it to people I don't really know and lately, I've been finding myself saying "my boyfriend," then quickly, quietly adding "or fiancé, whatever." The word just sounds so pretentious and fruity, and it inherently…
Gourmet magazine has a story (via Newser) about Jaime Araujo, a "Napa Valley Girl" who has made a splash in French wine making. "A lot of what I do is psychological," Ms. Araujo tells the magazine. "Changing the identity of a wine that's been in your family for four hundred years is hard, and it takes a lot of…