Daily Briefing

What's New?

The Politics page has been updated to reflect the candidates in Pennsylvania's 2018 General Election on November 6.

My reading pace lately is start a book in late spring, finish it in early fall! Check out my review of Blood Orange by Susan Wittig Albert.

My hometown theater gets its own documentary! See what's up At the Drive-in here.

The Song of the Day for November is by Billie Eilish. She's only 16 and already wearing the alternative crown.

Now that November is here and the weather is turning colder, why not check out the entertainment inside the warm confines of the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. There's something for everyone!

Word of the Year

A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2017 is fake news, defined as "disinformation or falsehoods presented as real news" and as "actual news that is claimed to be untrue."

The term was considered for the 2016 Word of the Year, but the definition was fairly narrow. Increased usage expanded the definition, allowing fake news to win the 2017 contest. Officers from the American Dialect Society said, "[President] Trump's version of fake news became a catchphrase among the president's supporters, seeking to expose biases in mainstream media. But it also developed more ironic uses, and it spread to speakers of all ages as a sarcastic putdown."

The American Dialect Society chose the Word of the Year on January 5, 2018 at its meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Other nominees for WOTY included alternative facts, defined as contrary information that matches one's preferred narrative or interpretation of events; pussyhat, referring to the pink knitted hats worn by demonstrators at the Women's March; and the hashtag #MeToo, used primarily by women to signal that they have experienced sexual harassment or assault.

Although #MeToo did not win WOTY, it was named 2017's Most Notable Hashtag, beating out #ReclaimingMyTime, a phrase repeated by Rep. Maxine Waters when questioning Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a House committee hearing. Another WOTY runner-up, alternative facts, was named Euphemism of the Year.

You can read the entire news release here.