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Words in the news: Pink slime

TV news presents a new reason for us to be scared: Pink slime, a beef product used as filler in hamburger meat. “Pink slime” oozed into the public conversation this month thanks to a series of reports by ABC News. … Continue reading

New word alert: Linsanity

Linsanity: (n.) The state of excitement surrounding basketball phenom Jeremy Lin — a point guard for the New York Knicks, the NBA’s first Chinese-American player, and a gift to sports headline writers everywhere.

New words, January 2012

Here are a few new words I’ve noticed in circulation lately.

The “oops” moment

A new phrase is surging in political coverage this month: The “oops” moment. Thank Texas Gov. Rick Perry for giving us the defining example.

“First World Problems”

So far this year, my favorite new expression is “First World Problems.” A First World Problem is an irritation you can only complain about if all your needs are already met.

Will.i.am, social media expert?

Here’s a new word alert! Communiting. It shows up in a bizarre AdAge column this week by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. The pop star writes:

Who coined the phrase “The 99%”?

One of the most popular slogans at the Occupy Wall Street protest is “We are the 99%!” It refers to everyone outside the upper 1% of incomes. The phrase draws attention to the gulf between the rich and poor, and … Continue reading

New word alert: Cone-ing

Cone-ing is the new planking. Here’s the formula: Bored kids + camera = harmless G-rated mayhem. This time there’s soft-serve involved.

Hurricane words that sell!

There’s a hurricane barreling down on Copywriter City. Here are a few insensitive suggestions for how you can use catastrophic weather to move products. We’re blowing the doors off!

AP’s bad call on “ground zero”

A month before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Associated Press has issued a memo outlining the proper AP style for 9/11-related terms. Among them: “ground zero,” still acceptable as a reference to the World Trade Center site. … Continue reading