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.
President Barack Obama says that his Afghanistan policy is on track on the ground, but that is clearly much less the case when it comes to the political support needed here at home to sustain his war policy. 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