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Because Language

Via the New York Times: After a year dominated by upstart words like “selfie,” “bitcoin” and “twerk,” the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year for 2013 seems slightly banal: “because.” Ben Zimmer, chairman of the dialect society’s new words committee, explained that casual online usage had transformed “because.” “No longer does ‘because’ have to be followed by of or …

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Best News Bloopers Of 2013

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Y’all, Youse, You Guys

According to this New York Times quiz, I have the dialect of somebody from Augusta. You give it a try.

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Soda / Pop / Coke

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Alec Baldwin Blames Firing On GLAAD And Andrew Sulllivan (Plus Himself)

“Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made If I called him ‘cocksucking maggot’ or a ‘cocksucking motherfucker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy— Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they’re out there, …

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MSNBC Fires Alec Baldwin

Above is the spin from the right-wing New York Post. A spokesman for Baldwin confirms the story but “quibbles” with the word “fired.” (Tipped by JMG reader Todd)

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Quote Of The Day – Alec Baldwin

“I’ve loved men in my life. There are some men I’ve loved in my life as much, if not more, than the women in my life. I don’t have a sexual preference for men … but I’ve loved men.  I’ve been in love with about three or four men, as much, if not more, than any woman I’ve loved. I …

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Because Internet

Business Insider notes the rise of a new preposition. Let’s start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism. The word “because,” in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, “because” has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by …

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CNN Panel On The N-Word & F-Word

Mediaite‘s Josh Feldman recaps the show: They first tackled the n-word, with Don Lemon saying “you shouldn’t use that word like a pronoun” and Charles Blow admitting his conflicting feelings on the use of that particular word, even when used among young black youths. Lemon pointed out that it’s not just black youths, but also young white people who feel …

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Palin PAC Writes To MSNBC: Why Haven’t You Disciplined Martin Bashir?

“We would now like to know what disciplinary measures you are taking about Martin Bashir’s appalling statement on his MSNBC show last Friday that someone should defecate and/or urinate in Governor Palin’s mouth because she used the word ‘slavery’ to describe the burden the federal debt will have on future generations of Americans. You fired Don Imus for offensive language …

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Natalie Maines On “Cocksucker”

She got some blowback (ahem) from her followers, but she made it clear that she was kidding.

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Ann Coulter Defends Alec Baldwin

“They shouldn’t have suspended him. In defense of Alec Baldwin, the photographer, he’s not actually gay. This was just a curse word. It was like using the f-word and, frankly, a lot of these paparazzi photographers deserve it. It’s not something Alec Baldwin said in a calm moment on television. He has been harassed horribly by photographers and now this …

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Oxford’s Word Of The Year: Selfie

Last week the Survey of Global English declared the word of 2013 to be a number: 404.  This week the Oxford Dictionary selected “selfie.” Selfie can actually be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum. The word gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in 2013 as it evolved from a social media buzzword to …

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Alec Baldwin Issues “Clarifications”

“I think it is important to note, in light of recent events, a couple of clarifications. One is that I never used the word faggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me. What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct …

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MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin

MSNBC tonight announced that Alec Baldwin has been suspended for two weeks in the wake of his latest anti-gay outburst. Via the Hollywood Reporter: The announcement Friday followed the controversial actions of the 30 Rock star over the past several days. Up Late With Alec Baldwin had premiered only a month ago, on October 11. “I did not intend to …

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Alec Baldwin Flap Rolls On

TMZ, which is owned by a gay man, really has it out for Baldwin this time. (Tipped by JMG reader Alison)

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Sullivan On Baldwin

“Just as Mel Gibson revealed his true feelings about Jews in his drunken rant, so Baldwin keeps revealing his own anti-gay bigotry. These outbursts reveal who he actually is. I should add that this is a free country and he has an inviolable right to use these words. But he has no right to pretend in any way to be …

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New Entry On Urban Dictionary

One of our flying monkeys has created a new entry over on Urban Dictionary. Go give him a thumbs-up and add your own definition if you’d like.

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Another Anti-Gay Slur From Alex Baldwin, Wingnuts Pounce On Social Media

GLAAD’s Ross Murray reacts: “I don’t know what he’s thinking when he says what he says. I know he’s someone who has worked with us in the past. That’s why it gets hard when he comes back and does the same thing over and over again. We will have to take some time and think about how to respond.” TMZ …

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Top Word Of 2013: 404

According to the 14th annual Survey Of Global English, the top word for 2013 is a number.  The Global Language Monitor has announced that ‘404’ is the Top Word, ‘Toxic Politics’ the Top Phrase and Pope Francis the Top Name of 2013 in its 14th annual global survey of the English language. 404 was followed by fail, hashtag, @pontifex, and …

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