The Neologist’s Notebook: 1

Yesterday, in her speech endorsing the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin referred to our need to resist inserting ourselves military into all of the many “squirmishes” occurring around the world.

Yesterday, on ESPN’s Around the Horn, Woody Paige referred to the controversy surrounding the fans’ election of a hockey enforcer as an all-star captain, followed by his being traded to another team and being demoted to the minor leagues, and finally his being re-confirmed as a participant in the all-star game—as a “clusterpuck.”

A contribution solicitation from the campaign to re-elect Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy suggested that the phrases “circus sideshow” and “clown car” are no longer sufficient to describe what is occurring in the lead up to the Republican presidential primaries, and “goat rodeo” was offered as an alternative.

The lead headline on the September 10, 2015 daily newsletter from the Jerusalem Post read “Rosh Hashana and re-Jew-venation.”

On August 28, 2015, the Travel newsletter of the Seattle Times included the item “Five Great Places to Go Glamping in Western Washington,” and it included references to “glampsites,” or “glamping venues.”

On August 23, 2015  , The Envelope newsletter from the Los Angeles Times included this lead headline “Taylor Swift Gets Crunk with Mary J. Blige and ‘Crazy Eyes’ at Staples.”

On June 18, 2015, the lead item in the Tax Justice Digest from Citizens for Tax Justice was “Kansasifying the Federal Budget.”

On June 24, 2015, a post to the blog Notes on Liberty was titled “The Tyranny of Majoritarianism.”

And on June 4, 2015, the national Democratic Party sent an e-mail to party members imploring them to become “2016 DNC Factivists.”


And, under the heading of archaic words that need to be resurrected, last night, on the Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore cataloged Donald Trump’s very transparent and often ludicrous efforts to pander to the religious devotion of his audience at Liberty University and asked rhetorically, “God, dost thou not smite anymore?”


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