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Word of the day: Weltschmerz

Sorry for our recent absence - we’ve been struck by a case of welstchmerz.

Definition: from the German, meaning world-pain or world-weariness, pronounced [ˈvɛltʃmɛɐ̯ts].

According to wikipedia, weltschmerz used to denote the feeling of sadness when thinking about the evils of the world. In light of the tragedy unfolding across the Pacific Ocean and the coordinated attacks on the people of Libya, we are heavily weighed down with feelings of our own inability to do much more than sit in front of our televisions or computer screens and watch people’s lives unravel. Simultaneously, the landscape of our own country - especially the political - appears increasingly bleak. All of the following might be causing weltschmerz on you too, readers, and we thought we’d air it out:

  • Outrageous spending cuts proposed in the House of Representatives, including significant cuts to National Public Radio. Does anyone remember the tax cuts for the wealthy that were passed at tremendous cost last December? Anyone?
  • Global warming can no longer be called a “theory” (though some GOPers seem bent on continuing to refer to it as such) - its impact on our earth has become obvious this winter, with severe and unprecedented storms sweeping the nation. Farmers in the developing world have been dealing with global warming for years, and according to the New York Times, soon oblivious Americans will not be able to ignore its impact on even something as simple as their morning coffee.
  • In Wisconsin, Republican senators destroyed collective bargaining power for state employees and undermined union rights.
  • James O’Keefe and his pointless and repugnant attacks on important institutions like NPR, or Planned Parenthood.
  • Increasingly abominable attacks on women’s reproductive rights that are already impacting women across the country.

Are there good things happening in the world that can assuage our weltschmerz? Please comment if so. We could use it!

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Word of the day: edacious

e·da·cious: devouring or craving food in great quantities; having an insatiable appetite; voracious, ravenous, piggish.

What drives one or both of us to edacity?


What about you, dear readers? What brings out your edacious side?

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Word of the day: Logrolling

log·roll·ing: the exchange of support or favors, esp. by legislators for mutual political gain as by voting for each other’s bills; cronyism or mutual favoritism among writers, editors, or critics, as in the form of reciprocal flattering reviews (“back scratching”); the action of rolling logs to a particular place (duh); the action of rotating a log rapidly in the water by treading upon it, esp. as a competitive sport; birling. The NYT put it well in 1921: “Admirable is the ardor with which our young geniuses go on discovering each other.”

Logrolling in practice:

"But wait," you say. "I love this word so much, I wish there was a related game." Good thing the internet rarely disappoints. (Accepting suggestions on how to turn this into a drinking game in the comments).

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Word of the day

Portentous (caught our attention here): fateful; ominously prophetic; of momentous or ominous significance; grandiloquent; puffed up with vanity; pompous.

Events in history that capture both meanings flawlessly:

"but wait" you say, "i love this word so much, i wish i had it on a shirt!" good thing the internet rarely disappoints.

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