With Collins inviting the public to submit entries for its latest dictionary last week, new words – or neologisms – are a hot topic at the moment. This year has been a particularly fertile one for them, starting in April with Ed Milliband’s use of omnishambles in Prime Minister’s Question Time. Since then there seems to have been an unstoppable barrage of newly-minted and mostly annoying items of vocabulary.
A look at the trending topics on social networking sites and search engines today, to see what we’re interested in, and why.
Thursday nights seems all rather lacklustre at the moment; the absence of Question Time is deeply felt by me and presumably by many others.
The Coalition government’s promise to ring fence the budget for overseas aid at 0.7% despite austerity cuts is seen by many in the development sector as a positive step, although the general British population may not be so enthused.
While pondering the philosophical and social turbulence that defined his generation Pulitzer prize winner Robert Frost famously said: “Poetry is what gets lost in translation”. He was talking, of course, about subtlety, about the ability to infer a suggestion that goes beyond the bullish rhetoric that surrounded him and gave raise to European fascism.
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