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Can Obama reclaim ‘Obamacare?’

Linguist Ben Zimmer digs into previous presidents’ attempts to own their eponyms and finds success largely hinges on the popularity of the policy: Events on the ground have dictated the fate of other personalized political words, such as those in the “-nomics” family. “Nixonomics” was originally suggested within the Nixon White House in the summer of 1969, in a memo circulated by a young speechwriter named William Safire.
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Dyson: Obama’s Ferguson Response ‘Low Moment’ in Presidency

Politics / US Politics : Big Government (2 days ago)

MSNBC Political Analyst Michael Eric Dyson criticized President Barack Obama’s statement on the events in Ferguson on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Reid Report,” arguing it was “a low moment” for the president. “He's got the bully pul... Read Post

CNN Commentator: ISIS Killed Journalist Due to Fear of Obama

Politics / US Politics : Big Government (yesterday)

CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona argued that the murder of American journalist James Wright Foley was due to the success of President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy. “It's [Foley’s murder] not certainly ... Read Post

Texting Tone

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (last year)

Jen Doll investigates the rise of “word lengthening,” adding extra letters, in intimate messages: Ben Zimmer, a linguist and lexicographer, notes that elongations, like emoticons and initialisms (OMG! LOL!), tend to flourish in thos... Read Post


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