Archives for the day of: January 10, 2017
A.Word.A.Day  with Anu Garg

I remember reading this story of a family having dinner. The father drops a piece of cutlery and instinctively utters the F-word. The child soaking up the new vocabulary, repeats the word, and the parent corrects her, “No, Suzie, it’s called a ‘fork’.”

According to a new book, In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams, swearing brings family together. Whether you swear indiscriminately, like a sailor, or only in extenuating circumstances, such as when you unintentionally bring your toe to rendezvous with a piece of furniture, Adams assures you that you don’t need to go to confession. It’s OK. In fact, it’s good for you. Profanity has benefits, in his own words, that are “personal, social, and aesthetic”.

Who knows, in the coming times, you’ll need profanity in order to vent and survive. What do you think about profanity and swearing? Send your f*ck (that is, feedback) to us at words@wordsmith.org.

Well, this week’s A.Word.A.Day features five words that sound dirty, but aren’t.

cock-up, cock up, or cockup

PRONUNCIATION:
(KOK-up) http://wordsmith.org/words/cockup.mp3

 

MEANING:
noun: 1. A complete mess; a blunder.
2. An upward turn.
verb tr.: 1. To botch.
2. To turn upward or curl.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From English cock (to turn up or to one side), from cock (rooster). The first sense of the word is a construction parallel to “screw-up” probably influenced by the slang sense of the word cock. Earliest documented use: 1693.

 

USAGE:
“Local people will be rightly outraged … because local officials made such a monumental cockup.”
Neil Macfarlane; Call for Sackings Over Cash Bungles; Northern Echo (Darlington, UK); Mar 28, 2009.

See more usage examples of cockup in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

MY ATTEMPTED AT USAGE:  THIS COMING 4 YEARS ARE GOING TO BE ALL COCKED UP!  ~~dru~~

I HAVE JUST FINISHED WATCHING OUR PRESIDENT’S FAREWELL SPEECH AND I REMEMBER MY FEELINGS EIGHT YEARS AGO

I CRIED TEARS OF JOY THEN, I CRY TEARS OF ANGER AND INTENSE SADNESS TONIGHT

WHAT A DIFFERENCE EIGHT YEARS MAKE!

~~dru~~

https://www.whitehouse.gov/farewell

Our Revolution

Dru and Friends

During his campaign, Trump promised he would make no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He said it would be unfair to the people who have been paying into those programs for years.

Now Republicans have proposed a budget that would throw 30 million Americans off their health insurance. They want to privatize Medicare, raise prescription costs, and reduce Social Security benefits, which serves as the primary source of income for the majority of seniors.

Tomorrow Bernie is introducing a budget amendment that would prevent Senate Republicans from breaking Donald Trump’s campaign promise to make no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Will you help make sure that enough senators support his amendment so it will be passed?

Call your senators to tell them to support Bernie’s amendment to protect health care and Social Security benefits for millions of Americans.

The Republicans’ proposal to cut spending on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security is out of touch with what the American people want. Most Americans think that the federal government should be spending more on these programs, not less.

We can’t sit back and allow 30 million people to be denied health care and Social Security benefits. Our goal is to expand health care, not cut health insurance for tens of millions of Americans.

https://go.ourrevolution.com/page/content/call-your-senators/?source=em170110
PHOTO: C-SPAN. Last week Bernie took to the Senate floor with a gigantic printout of one of Trump’s tweets promising not to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Bernie’s doing his part to make sure Republicans don’t take away health care for millions of Americans – now we have to do ours as well by telling his colleagues in the Senate to vote in support of Bernie’s amendment:

Call your senators right now to urge them to support Bernie’s amendment that would prevent Republicans from making cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Thank you for stepping up to make sure Bernie’s amendment is passed.

In solidarity,

Kyle Machado
Our Revolution

While you’re at it tell your Senator not to defund Planned Parenthood or terminate Obama Care without a firm replacement plan at the ready!

CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW