Tag Archives: trends

Newly Added To Merriam-Webster

Here are a few of the words and terms added to the 2012 edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary by its editor Peter Sokolowski: F-bomb, sexting, man cave, earworm, energy drink, flexitarian, mash-up, e-reader, craft beer, and shovel-ready. A couple of existing words have had new definitions added: toxic (in a political sense) and underwater (regarding home mortgages.) Flexitarian, which describes ...

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Polls Say People Hate Polls

Fewer that 10% of those contacted bother to complete a political poll. But pollsters say that doesn’t really affect the results. The Pew Research Center’s latest detailed study of survey quality paints a worrisome picture for survey response rates, but again shows that a well-done telephone poll — even one with response rates in the high single-digits — accurately represent ...

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Britishisms

I hate many of them, not because they aren’t useful or descriptive, but because of the posers that say them. The worst: queue, ginger, advert, shite.

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Catpacks?

According to Buzzfeed, the latest silly trend in Brooklyn is the catpack – a meshed backpack for carrying your kitty around town. Sometimes I feel bad that Shelley never gets out of my tiny apartment, but I’m very confident that if I tried this with her, the screaming would be heard from here to Harlem. Maybe these are just for ...

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Our Solo-Centric Island

New information from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that just over half of Manhattan’s residences are home to just one person, the highest such level in the nation. More than half of all Manhattan residents are living alone — and the number of singles in the city is continuing to rise to historic levels, new Census Bureau data show. That ...

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Tipping Point

The number of Americans who don’t own a landline now exceeds the number who don’t own a cellphone. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Wednesday said that fully 20 percent of U.S. households only had cell phones in the second half of 2008. That’s a three point increase since the first half of 2008–a big jump, statistically ...

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