Tag: boycott

Columbus takes possession of land

Update: what happened to ‘columbusing’?

Those who keep an eye on the world of viral humour videos doubtless remember the verbing of columbus in a video for the website College Humor in July last year, which defined the term as ‘to discover (something) for white people’. As today is Columbus Day—marking the day columbusing’s eponym arrived in the Americas—we thought […]

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Elton John David Furnish

Word in the news: boycott

In a recent interview that appeared in the Italian magazine Panorama, fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbara stirred up controversy by voicing their opposition to adoption by gay parents as well as to in vitro fertilization, advocating that ‘the only family is the traditional one’. The comments were quickly picked up by social media, […]

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100 dollar bill

Eponymous English: from Benjamins and John Hancocks to boycotts and Draping?

We all strive to leave a legacy. We remember history’s greats through plaques and monuments, books and movies, songs and works of art. Another (often overlooked) way we pay homage to people of the past is through language. We might name a place, a theorem, or even a disease after the person who first visited […]

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