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.
Since first winning election in 2008, President Obama has prioritized a successful resolution to the issue of Iran's nuclear program, an achievement that would go a long way in defining his foreign policy legacy. But what exactly co... Read Post
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