Make Room for These Newbies, Merriam Webster

Political events bring new words to the English language. It’s amazing what you run across. Here are a few new ones.

The Anthony Weiner continuing saga keeps giving. The man who wants to be mayor of the Big Apple bit off more than he could chew. His own words came back to bite him when he was found to be corresponding with several women in another scandal. The American Thinker blog promptly deemed his deed a “twitterectomy.”

When the pathetic Weiner committed a complete Twitter-ectomy of his Congressional career, The Plan temporarily derailed. But scandals that would force the rest of us to quiver in lifelong shame are mere temporary annoyances for this lot.

So true! If you’re a (D) it doesn’t matter as much as it would with an (R). Then you go from twitterectomy to complete electoralotomy. Just ask “Senator” Todd Aiken.

Weiner, being a little older than the millenials, may not yet have lost his testosterone. But other males may be losing theirs. “Beware the Herbivore Effect” was a headline that caught my attention. No, there not vegetarians. It’s a trend particularly noticed in Japan. Newgeography reports,

Today, Japan’s latest generation of men appears lacking the fierce ambition that drove their fathers, much less their grandfathers. The term commonly used for this new generation of Japanese is “herbivores,” a play on the word for plant-eating animals generally known for their docility. And, instead of embracing what the new generation is doing in Japan, we should look at our young people and think: God forbid.

Looks to me like that trend has already hit our shores. Young men are drifting through college, careers, the future, without much concern for themselves. Since the Obama reign more of them are living at home and evidently, they like it.

Maybe they’re just pumping sunshine. A new term to me, the urban dictionary says it’s a

noun or Verb. It’s the “Pollyanna approach” people, especially politicians and advertisers, use to persuade others that things are better than they really are in order to get what they want, your votes, your money etc. Politicians often do this when describing their accomplishments, especially the U.S. president in his State of the Union address. Advertisers make these exaggeratedly positive or down right untrue claims to convince the consumer that their product will “completely solve the problem” if the consumer only “acts now”. This sunshine pumping benefits only the pumper at the expense of the one it is erroneously poured upon.

It came up via Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Il) who said “For Years, Obama Administration Has Been ‘Pumping Sunshine’ on ObamaCare. My generation called it shoveling, well you get the picture.

Remember the Duke LaCrosse players accused of raping a woman by overzealous Mike Nifong? He’s his own term now. William Levinson at he American Thinker wrote a piece headlined the “Nifonging of George Zimmerman.”

He explained “This is why proven rogue prosecutors like Mike Nifong (Duke Lacrosse), and alleged rogue prosecutors Scott Harshbarger (Amiraults), Janet Reno (Grant Snowden), and Florida State Attorney Angela Corey (George Zimmerman), are far more dangerous to society than all but the most vicious criminals.”

In the Obama DOJ Nifonging is a popular pasttime.

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