Daily Briefing


What's New?

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

Only two more books left in Sue Grafton's alphabet series. Find out about Kinsey's latest adventures with my Books review of X.

Finally got around to seeing Carol. Check out my review on the Movies page.

I'm totally down with the Song of the Day for March. It's from Philadelphia's own Marian Hill.

March means it's time for communities all over to host St. Patrick's parades. In northeast PA, the big one is in Scranton. So get out your green and go!

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.