Daily Briefing


What's New?

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

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.

In this summer's battle of big screen superheroes, I give a slight edge to Spider-Man: Homecoming over Wonder Woman. Check out my reviews of both movies here.

Keep your eyes on this young talent. The Song of the Day for October is from Alice Merton.

Get a good scare and be charitable at the same time. Take time this October to visit Gravestone Manor near Wilkes-Barre.

Word of the Year

A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2016 is dumpster fire, defined as a very chaotic or disastrous situation.

Officers from the American Dialect Society said, "As 2016 unfolded, many people latched on to dumpster fire as a colorful, evocative expression to verbalize their feelings that the year was shaping up to be a catastrophic one. In pessimistic times, dumpster fire served as a darkly humorous summation of how many viewed the year's events."

The American Dialect Society chose the Word of the Year on January 6, 2017, at its meeting in Austin, Texas. Other nominees for WOTY included normalize, meaning to treat as normal that which was once considered unacceptable; post-truth, a time when facts matter less than beliefs and emotions; and the hashtag #NoDAPL, which was used to protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Although #NoDAPL did not win WOTY, it was named 2016's Most Notable Hashtag, beating out #pussygrabsback, which served as a response to comments made by Donald Trump on an Access Hollywood tape. Those comments also spawned the Euphemism of the Year, locker-room banter.

You can read the entire news release here.