December 23, 2007

buzzwords?

The NYT has an article today on "buzzwords 2007". I don't think there's anything particularly 2007 about most of them. Take, for example, truther ("Someone who espouses a conspiracy theory about the events of 9/11"). Cool word, but why a buzzword 2007? In 2006, it was all over the place at the University of Wisconsin, when Kevin Barrett was hired as a lecturer for a course on Islam culture and history. And nose bidet is not a buzzword at all, it's simply a euphemism for neti pot -- a sinus-cleaning device that figured prominently in an episode of Six Feet Under in 2004 (Ruth threw a fit when her husband George turned out to be a neti pot user).

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