Wordplay III: Politics Edition

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH   In this series, I have highlighted headlines that are cleverly expressed, making use of puns, irony, figurative language, or unexpected word choices to grab a reader’s attention. Not surprisingly, the Trump administration has so unabashedly flouted all sorts of political conventions that headline writers have felt freer to write headlines…

Poems for the 4th of July

  POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Here is an inspiring rendition of a Langston Hughes poem produced by MoveOn.org:   And here is a more cautionary poem that is probably more at the level at which most of us celebrate the July 4th holiday: Independence Day, 1971   He forced half a watermelon like a tight…

Father’s Day Poems

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH My Father at Work My father was a union man. For most of his last twenty-seven years, he worked in a munitions plant. High on the long brick building there were yellow letters– A M M U N I T I O N. The plant was located on a cliff above…

Another Trump Playlist

BY HANK REICHMAN Back in November, about three weeks after the election, I posted “A Playlist for the Trump Presidency.”  It got a pretty good response, so now that we’re a bit more than two weeks into that presidency and the need for “solace, inspiration, and fortification” seems greater than ever, I thought I’d post…

"We Live in Troubled Times"

BY HANK REICHMAN Today, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the great punk band Green Day released an official music video of their song, “We Live in Troubled Times,” from their current album, Revolution Radio.  “Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever,” lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said in a statement that…

American Dialect Society 2016 Words of the Year

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH POLITICAL WORD OF THE YEAR deplorables (basket of): epithet used by Clinton in speech about Trump supporters nasty woman: epithet used by Trump addressing Clinton in final presidential debate Pantsuit Nation: popular Facebook group for Clinton supporters post-truth: belonging to a time in which facts matter less than beliefs and emotions…

Lake Superior State U’s Annual List of “Banished” Words

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH LSSU’s 42nd annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” includes the following: You, Sir Focus Bête Noire Town Hall Meeting Post-Truth Guesstimate 831 Historic Manicured Echo Chamber On Fleek Bigly Ghost Dadbod Listicle “Get your dandruff up . . . ” Selfie Drone…