Read this interesting piece in the week in review in the December 24th New York Times. Not sure of this is behind a firewall , but here is a link. As the author Grant Barrett says these words sort of capture the schadenfreude of our times. Some of them below...
Anchor baby: a derogatory term for a child born in the United States to an immigrant. Since these children automatically qualify as American citizens, they can later act as a sponsor for other family members.
Fox lips: lips colored and lined with makeup to seem more prominent, said of female anchors on Fox News. (If you have watched fox news, even for a bit you will know what I mean. *A* who detests Fox news caught on this right away the first time she saw the women on Fox News).
Hubby-sitter: a man hired to keep a woman’s husband out of trouble.
Hummer house: an overly large single-family residence. Synonyms from earlier years are starter castle, faux chateau and McMansion.
seven-thousand-mile screwdriver: micromanagement of a situation from afar. Lately used to describe the difficulties of managing the war in Iraq.
sneeze: a television advertisement shorter than 15 seconds.
spaghetti bowl: the interconnected and tangled economic relationships of a group of nations.
subzero: a size of clothing smaller than zero, same as size 00.
vice mail: voice-mail messages disguised as confidential stock tips left on the wrong answering machine, a form of the pump-and-dump scam.
zeteophobia: a fear of career-planning. Coined by John Krumboltz, a Stanford University professor.The 25 Best Things Ever Said..
From this diary on dailykos. The ones I liked are reproduced, they are very relevant to our times.
- It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
-- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
- To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
2. There is nothing so horrible in nature as to see a beautiful theory murdered by an ugly gang of facts
1. Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we all ought to be worried about our own souls, and other people's bellies.
-- Rabbi Israel Salanter 1810-1883
Overheard In New York.. Link
A Different Type Of Christmas Tree..
Where Depth and Sincerity are Appreciated
Chick #1: I have a friend who lives in Manhattan, but she totally hates it.
Chick #2: Why?
Chick #1: She says everyone here is so superficial. She's going to move to California.
--Greyhound bus, W 110th
Overheard by: Caroline
Can you spot what the cans of soft drink make up this tree?
From here, the answer is at the link too, in case you can't tell from the pic below. Hint..the color, focus on the color.