Daily Briefing


What's New?

The Politics page has been updated to reflect the ever-growing list of 2020 Presidential candidates.

I started off 2019 by finally finishing a book that I started reading in 2017! Check out my review of Blind Sight by Carol O'Connell.

No need to panic when Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart are in the house. My review of their 2002 thriller here.

The Avett Brothers are out with some new music. One catchy tune is moving up the Alternative charts, and it's the Song of the Day for July.

Got a case of the summertime blues? Maybe a trip to the Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Luzerne County will cheer you up.

Word of the Year

A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2018 is tender-age shelter, which refers to "the government-run detention centers that have housed the children of asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border."

The term first appeared in June 2018 as reports emerged that infants and young children were being held in special detention centers after being separated from their families who crossed over the southern border, some illegally. Officers of the American Dialect Society said, "The use of highly euphemistic language to paper over the human effects of family separation was an indication of how words in 2018 could be weaponized for political necessity. But the bureaucratic phrasing ended up backfiring, as reports of the term served to galvanize opposition to the administration's border policy."

The American Dialect Society chose the Word of the Year on January 4, 2019 at its meeting in New York City. Other nominees for WOTY included white-caller crime, which refers to white people calling police to report black people doing mundane things; yeet, an indication of surprise or excitement; and X strong, used to express solidarity after a tragedy in a particular place, such as "Pittsburgh strong."

Tender-age shelter was also a finalist in the Euphemism category but did not win. It lost out to racially charged, which is a roundabout way of saying "racist."

You can read the entire news release here.