Tag: Donald Trump
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At a press conference earlier this month, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came up against a wall, as it were, when he presented some images of Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the US border with Mexico, a core promise of his campaign. But reporters quickly noticed that the images, showing a steel structure that […]more
A curious circumlocution has been popping up in discussions of American politics lately: the I-word, meaning ‘impeachment’. A recent column in Politico assured readers that “the ‘I’ word that is passing like a brisk wind in private conversations all over D.C. will not be mentioned herein,” and the epidemic of coy references to the I-word […]more
“Comey has the receipts!” This phrase has been gleefully proclaimed across social media, in response to the news that the former FBI Director James Comey has a memo proving that President Trump asked him to end the investigation into Michael Flynn. But how and when did ‘receipts’ come to mean ‘proof’? The word ‘receipt’ dates […]more
The scandal-naming suffix -gate is the most well-known contribution of Richard Nixon’s presidency to the vocabulary of English, but a glance through the US political Twittersphere in recent days makes it clear that it is not the only one. The unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey was instantly dubbed “the Tuesday Night Massacre”, in […]more
Politics provides fertile ground for the emergence of neologisms, and the appropriation of old words for new purposes. And while he’s only a few months into his four-year term, the presidency of Donald J Trump has already produced an eclectic bundle of language – and a great deal of controversy. So let’s explore some of […]more
Sir David Attenborough has done it again. The acclaimed naturalist, activist, and filmmaker has inspired scientists to name yet another discovery after him. This time, it’s not a rainforest flower (Sirdavidia), a prehistoric plesiosaur (Attenborosaurus conybeari), or goblin spider (Prethopalpus attenboroughi). It’s Cascolus ravitis, a tiny, 430-million-year-old ancestor to crustaceans, whose fossil was discovered by […]more