Daily Briefing


What's New?

The Politics page has been updated to reflect the winners of The November 8 general election.

Slogged my way through the latest in the Scarpetta series from Patricia Cornwell. Still want to read the review? Find it on the Books page.

Sometimes it's good to be bad. Check out my review of Bad Moms on the Movies page.

I've been listening to a lot of news radio in my car these days. So, I think it's only fitting that this parody video of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" be the Song of the Day for November.

November means it's time for the annual trek to the Poe show at Mount Hope near Lancaster. Nevermore!

Word of the Year

A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2015 is they, specifically when used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun.

Officers from the American Dialect Society said, "In the past year, new expressions of gender identity have generated a great deal of discussion, and singular they has become a particularly significant element of that conversation. While many novel gender-neutral pronouns have been proposed, they has the advantage of already being part of the language."

The American Dialect Society chose the Word of the Year on January 8, 2016, at its meeting in Washington, DC. Other nominees for WOTY included thanks, Obama, a sarcastic expression in which a person puts the blame for a problem on President Obama; ghost, a verb meaning to end a relationship by cutting off communication, especially online; and ammosexual, which refers to someone who really, really loves guns.

The 2015 WOTY voting included two new categories: Most Notable Hashtag and Most Notable Emoji. The #SayHerName campaign to raise awareness about violence against women of color took the hashtag category. The Most Notable Emoji is an eggplant (), which represents sexual innuendo.

You can read the entire news release here.