VOCABULARY: “samfundssind” = “community spirit”

https://nypost.com/2020/10/24/danish-word-samfundssind-may-become-2020s-hottest-term/

Danish word ‘samfundssind’ may become 2020’s hottest new term
By Paula Froelich
October 24, 2020 | 4:09pm

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The country that introduced the world to “hygge” now has another term for us: “samfundssind.”

Last year Americans went wild for hygge, which encompasses all things cozy and comforting — but the likely 2020 “word of the year” in Denmark is “samfundssind — which the Danish Language Council defines as “putting the concern of society higher than one’s own interests.” More loosely translated as “community spirit” or “social mindedness” according to the BBC.

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As long as it it’s a voluntary action, i think it’s admirable and we should imitate it.

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VOCABULARY: A Bartender explains “tolerance”

https://www.boredpanda.com/bar-bartender-nazi-punk-iamragesparkle/?cexp_id=30519&cexp_var=35&_f=featured&utm_source=duckduckgo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=organic

In 1945, a philosopher named Karl Popper introduced a concept that he called the paradox of tolerance. “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance,” he wrote. “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.” In other words, if society is tolerant without any limits, the intolerant people will eventually destroy it. “We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant,” Karl Popper wrote.

Bartender Savagely Kicks A Polite Nazi Customer Out Of His Bar And Explains Why It’s Important To Do So

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—Bored Panda

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Reminds me of @Stephen K. Trynosky’s tales about his Dad.

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VOCABULARY: We Have Become Karen Nation – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

A Karen is a person, usually a woman, who is never satisfied with the service she’s receiving and demands to talk to the manager. It doesn’t matter if Karen’s complaints are valid or not.

Source: We Have Become Karen Nation – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

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“KAREN”?

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VOCABULARY: “Granny Farming”

You Don’t Have to Take Trump’s Word to See Mail-In Vote Fraud

Here, the President enjoys broad agreement. Elections officials from all political stripes acknowledge that mail-in ballots are far more vulnerable to fraud. Stories of political operatives who routinely scam senior citizens out of their absentee ballots are so widespread that the term “granny farming” was coined.  Even the New York Times, when reporting on suspicions of election fraud in North Carolina last year, noted that “absentee ballots are especially susceptible to manipulation.”

Source: Eric Eggers: You Don’t Have to Take Trump’s Word to See Mail-In Vote Fraud

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Great!  Now we have a word for a type of election fraud.

“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” — Emma Goldman ― often incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain ― but very very true imho!

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VOCABULARY: OWI (Opining While Ignorant)

2019-Mar-08

Famed economist Murray Rothbard touched on the answer: “It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” — Murray Rothbard

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VOCABULARY: finger of honour — doigt d’honneur in French

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2018/03/24/weekend-links-95/

French driver faces jail time for “disrespecting” a speed camera. Hint: He disrespected in the classic way, which I now learn the French call the “digit of honor.” Must adopt that phrase.

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https://www.thelocal.fr/20180322/french-motorist-gets-jail-time-for-giving-the-finger-to-speed-cameras

French driver faces prison for giving middle finger to speed cameras
The Local
news.france@thelocal.com
@thelocalfrance
22 March 2018
10:49 CET+01:00

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A 46-year-old motorist in the Loire department of central France has been warned he faces two to four months in jail after sticking his middle finger up to two speed cameras back in May 2015.

However while the driver accepted that he was speeding and paid his fines, he denied giving the one-finger salute, known as the doigt d’honneur in French (finger of honour), to two speed cameras at Saint-Forgeux-Lespinasse and Bessay-sur-Allier.

“At that moment, I was talking to my girlfriend, and I was upset because she was talking about her ex-boyfriend. The finger was intended for her,” he said. 

The public prosecutor’s office said that even though the driver had already paid his fines for speeding they pressed charges against him for “insulting a person tasked with a public service mission”.

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VOCABULARY: “FISK” — a point by point refutation

Fisk | Define Fisk at Dictionary.com
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/fisk

/fɪsk/ verb. (slang) to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point. C21: after the use of this technique by Robert Fisk (born 1946), British journalist, to criticize articles. Word Origin and History for Fisk.

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VOCABULARY: “backronym” — the word was picked first, then an acronym written to fit it

http://www.rd.com/culture/common-acronyms/

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The USA PATRIOT Act stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (seriously). Linguists call this a “backronym”—the word “Patriot” was likely picked first, then an acronym written to fit it.

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VOCABULARY: Fiancé vs. Fiancée?

http://blog.dictionary.com/fiance-vs-fiancee/

Fiancé vs. Fiancée
June 24, 2015 by: Dictionary.com

Much debate and change surrounds the terms fiancé and fiancée in the recent past. English speakers borrowed these gendered terms from the French in the mid-19th century, importing both the masculine (fiancé) and feminine (fiancée). This term ultimately derives from Latin, fidare literally meaning “to trust,” combined with the suffix -ance, which is used to form nouns from existing verbs.

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I became aware of this “controversy” when I tried to put “fiancée” in the “accented words” folder of my TextExpander utility. It wouldn’t even let me make my own. Hence I investigate this “error”.

So I am a “fiancé” and AMH is my “fiancée”.

Laugh!

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VOCABULARY: “doublethink”

Dictionary.com Word of the Day  JUNE 25, 2017 

doublethink [duhb-uh l-thingk] 1. the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time.

QUOTES

Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies …

— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four, 1949

ORIGIN

Doublesthink comes from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-four (also 1984), published in 1949. It appears alongside Orwell’s other neologisms thoughtcrime and duckspeak. Doublethink, has a more sinister meaning than the relatively innocuous doubletalk, which appeared in the late 1930s and referred at first to the kind of speech that Casey Stengel (1891–1975) was famous for, and later to jargon or pompous language. Doublethink entered English in the second half of the 20th century.

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Hard to imagine that this is possible but we see it today in both “politics” and the “media”.

Current example is the D’s complaining to the TV about the R’s “secret healthcare plan”, while “conveniently forgetting” that they did the same thing to pass Obamacare!

Argh!

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VOCABULARY: “Stray Dog Attacks”

FROM THE WSJ

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The Lone Wolf and the Stray Dog 

Two botched attacks in Europe in recent days signal that Islamist terror has entered a new phase, security officials say, one that is more disorganized and less sophisticated but risks spawning more attackers determined to kill using any means at their disposal. Because of a lack of direct training and know-how, many of this new breed of assailant fail. Still, the absence of a connection to terror networks makes it difficult for intelligence services to track these individuals, and their often unsophisticated weapons—such as knives or cars—are easy to obtain. So authorities fear the attacks will increase. “We may be entering an era not of lone wolf, but stray dog attacks,” said one Western security official. The changing nature of the attacks also reflects improved security in Europe, but officials warn it would be reckless to underestimate the continuing threat of extremist groups.

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An armed citizenry is need to defeat this particular type of attack.

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” – George Washington quotes from BrainyQuote.com

The USA, in the Red States, is more likely to be secure.

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VOCABULARY: “Clean Shares” in Mutual Funds

 

WSJ Wealth Adviser Briefing: Clean Shares
By Brian Hershberg
May 30, 2017 5:30 am ET

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With the fiduciary rule set to take effect June 9, WSJ Wealth Adviser’s Daisy Maxey took a look at a new type of mutual-fund share that stands to gain traction.

These “clean shares” charge only the fee to manage and operate a mutual fund, and don’t include payments to distributors, such as the broker-dealers and retirement-plan platforms that sell the funds. Stripped from clean shares are fees to compensate brokers for providing advice and 12b-1 fees, which pay for marketing, printing and prospectuses and other shareholder services.

As it is today, investors who buy class A shares of a mutual fund through a broker, for example, typically pay a sales charge that may range from 2.25% to 5.75%, according to Morningstar Inc. It’s easy for investors to overlook that payment to the broker because it’s bundled in with cost of the fund’s management, and the fund company passes it onto the distributor.

With clean shares, investors will likely pay 60% to 70% less to buy a fund, says Paul Ellenbogen, head of global regulatory solutions at Morningstar. If they want a broker’s advice, however, they would have to pay for that separately

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VOCABULARY: “Tainted Leaks”

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/05/tainted_leaks.html

Schneier on Security
Tainted Leaks

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This report describes an extensive Russia-linked phishing and disinformation campaign. It provides evidence of how documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of Russia was tampered with and then “leaked” to achieve specific propaganda aims. We name this technique “tainted leaks.” The report illustrates how the twin strategies of phishing and tainted leaks are sometimes used in combination to infiltrate civil society targets, and to seed mistrust and disinformation. It also illustrates how domestic considerations, specifically concerns about regime security, can motivate espionage operations, particularly those targeting civil society.

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NOW, this is something to be concerned about.

It’s going to make “leaks” harder to determine and authenticate.

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VOCABULARY: The word “Wikihole” leads to “Unit 731”

https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/list-of-lists-of-lists-of-lists?utm_term=.jwePOMjY#.nw5a15xn

19 Wikipedia Pages That’ll Send You Into A Week-Long Wikihole See you next week.
Posted on September 12, 2016, at 12:24 p.m. Ellie Bate  Buzz Feed Staff

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which Wikipedia articles they love to waste time reading. Here are their recommendations…

1. Unit 731
Suggested by Lurker8.

Unit 731 was a unit of the Japanese Imperial Army that carried out brutal (and, in many cases, lethal) experimentation on human beings during World War II under the guise of chemical and biological research. For the majority of the time it was active, the unit acted under the command of General Shiro Ishii, and was responsible for the deaths of up to 250,000 people. The worst part? Instead of being put on trial for human experimentation, the people involved with the unit were granted immunity by the US government in exchange for the data they had gathered.

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While I found the concept of a “Wikihole” fascinating, the first suggestion was shocking!

Once again the US Gooferment does the unthinkable and the unforgivable.

The blood of a ¼ million human beings is on that “data” and amnesty.

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VOCABULARY: Is calendarize a word?

Is calendarize a word?

I accidentally used it in a text message. And it wasn’t flagged?

So I googled it and it had it. 

Thought that was odd; like me. So I went to my bookmarked dictionary site.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calendarize

NG

So then I tried another site. 

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/calendarize

calendarize

 

 

[kaluh n-duh-rahyz] 
Spell Syllables
verb (used with object)calendarized, calendarizing.

1.

to calendar; add (an appointment, event, deadline, etc.) to acalendar, schedule, or timetable.
Origin of calendarizeExpand
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.

calendarize. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/calendarize (accessed: April 8, 2017).

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So now I have TWO dictionaries bookmarked and I didn’t invent anything.

Sigh! So sad.

 

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VOCABULARY: U say potato; I say potatoe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdqbi66oNuI

Remember Dam Quayle and “potato” versus “potatoe”?

Funny thing is that’s how I learned to spell it — with the “oe”.

I’ll have to find and check an old dictionary!

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https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potato

(1) “Potato.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2017.

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VOCABULARY: “Grocerant”

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/04/05/millennials-driving-the-grocerant-trend-especially-in-chicago/

Millennials Driving The ‘Grocerant’ Trend, Especially In Chicago
April 5, 2017 7:26 PM By  Kris Kridel

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(CBS) — Fine dining may be just as close as your neighborhood grocery store.

One of the latest trends, especially among Millennials, is to have dinner at Whole Foods or other grocery stores with ready-to-eat dishes. In fact, there is a name for that type of place: a “grocerant.”

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How romantic?

Enuf said on that word!

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Millennials Driving ‘Grocerant’ Trend, Especially In Chicago

VOCABULARY: Clover — from a little L libertarian pov

http://ericpetersautos.com/2016/06/24/whats-a-clover/

from Eric Peters Auto 

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I get asked – what’s a Clover? Definition herewith:

* Clover (noun):

The root cause of every affront to liberty. The spoonful of poo that ruins a gallon of ice cream. Clovers are instinctive authoritarian control freaks. They can be found on the political left and the political right and in between. They do not believe in live and let live. They believe in telling others how to live – using violence and threats of violence to coerce obedience.

Clovers can’t abide the organic society, voluntary interaction or free exchange. The are driven to control and regulate and micromanage and absolutely will not leave you alone.

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Clovers think people are too irresponsible and foolish to be trusted to govern themselves – but put limitless trust in people (that is, uber Clovers) once adorned with special titles and costumes such as “officer” and “senator” and “president.”     

Clovers consider other people their property – as evidence by their limitless desire to control other people, even to the extent of dictating to them what they may do with their own bodies.

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Most rank-and-file Clovers are, at bottom, bullies and busybodies – but also cowards who hide behind euphemisms (see above regarding “taxes”) and proxies like the ballot box. They are not bold enough to actually take other people’s things themselves and shy away from telling other people what to do – such as personally telling their neighbor to “buckle up for safety” – but are eager to vote to have others perform this work on their behalf.

Clovers are generally only dangerous in herds.

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I admire a person who speaks the truth, from my pov, and is willing to pay the price for it. (Google banned him from serving ads and making money thru them. That’s their right, but I don’t like it.)

May I suggest you support him? I do.

And he puts out GREAT car articles too.

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Clovers think people are too irresponsible and foolish to be trusted to govern themselves – but put limitless trust in people (that is, uber Clovers) once adorned with special titles and costumes such as “officer” and “senator” and “president.”     

Clovers consider other people their property – as evidence by their limitless desire to control other people, even to the extent of dictating to them what they may do with their own bodies.

 

VOCABULARY: “Thomasson” — a preserved architectural relic which serves no purpose

http://www.messynessychic.com/2017/01/18/the-inexplicably-fascinating-secret-world-of-thomassons/

“Thomasson: noun \ to-ma-son \ a preserved architectural relic which serves no purpose”. We’ve all come across an example at one time or another– probably didn’t give it too much thought and surely had no idea these random urban oddities actually had a name, let alone an entire movement dedicated to observing them as conceptual art. That’s right, art. People have written books about Thomasson, formed street observation societies to find them (notably in Japan) and even identified a classification system of categories for them. On Instagram, there are over 3,000 posts alone under the Japanese “Tomasson” hashtag: トマソン.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I just found a trapdoor to another secret level in the game of life. 

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VOCABULARY: BABYMOON

Learned a new word over the holidays.

BABYMOON

ba·by·moon
ˈbābēˌmo͞on/
noun

informal
 
  1. a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.
    “on the eve of my third trimester, we boarded a plane for a week-long babymoon among the quiet canals of Amsterdam”
    • a period of time following the birth of a baby during which the new parents can focus on establishing a bond with their child.
      “a babymoon is regarded as a crucial time for a family to establish itself”

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Wow, Google knew. I never heard of it.

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port·man·teau wordnounplural noun: portmanteau wordsa word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’).

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And, of course, I made a modest edit to the Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_portmanteaus#General

Contributing to “global whizdom”!

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