by Rachel Podnar
4 days ago
Posted In: Life
at 02:53 PM | Permalink
In case you need a dictionary with the July 23 issue of CityBeat
well of vocab was no longer dry this week thanks to our cover story "America's Best Worst Politicians," a supplement from the
Association of Alternative Newspapers. You’ve got to read it to believe it, folks.
And yes, I copy edited the entire, 15-page piece (Oxford commas and all) and I
inserted every single mean mug into the online version. Thanks to AAN reporters
from across the country, you not only get to read about the horn dogs, user
boozers and sleazeball politicians, but you also get to see some creative
vocabulary up close. In addition to the locally grown content, of course.
enough, all of the regular content eye-catching words start with the letter
paucity: smallness of quantity, n.
reporters note that rockets fired from Gaza are aimed at Israeli civilians,
although they note the comparative paucity of Israeli victims,” in Ben L.
Kaufman’s Curmudgeon Notes. Yet again, another week of worthy comments on the
shortcomings of journalistic coverage. His comments on the reporting of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict are important albeit hard to understand.
portend: to foreshadow,
v. (used with an object)
does this all portend for the live presence of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah?” in
Brian Baker’s Sound Advice for the CYHSY show. Actually, that’s a great
question, considering the band used to have four members and at least three of
them have left the group since 2011. I’m curious how this resolves itself on
Fountain Square this Friday night.
prescient: to have
knowledge of something before it exists, adj.
example of how prescient the Alvins believe Broonzy to have been …” in Steven
Rosen’s Bond of Brothers, describing the relationship two really old guys have
with a record done by an even older guy that they listened to in their
Best Worst Politicians Vocabulary
apprised: to inform or tell someone, v.
explained he had been credibly, confidently apprised that the Capitol itself
would be shortly laid waste by terrorists,” in Neal Karlen’s description of
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Who apprised him of that?
who knew that someone who gave his own tenure in the Senate an “F” could be
elected governor on a pity vote? I didn’t know it was so easy but then again, I
don’t have $4 million to finance my own campaign.
moribund: in a dying
state, near death, adj.
defrocked demagogue, she still pretends her Tea Party is a reactionary
revolution, not a moribund refuge for the Republicans’ traditional bloc of bat-shit
crazy far-right-wingers,” in Karlen’s bit on Minnesota U.S. Representative
hope Karlen’s use of moribund in relation to the Tea Party is accurate, but
considering Bachmann’s talk of another presidential run in 2016, it may be
wishful thinking. Karlen (if you ever read this), brace yourself because I’m
sure you’ll have to cover that.
to Karlen, by the way, for using one of my personal favorite phrases, “bat-shit
crazy.” I keep trying to convince my mother it’s a thing because obviously,
it’s a thing.
criticism or censure, n.
Jan Brewer affixed her signature to the infamous, immigrant-bashing Senate Bill
1070 and rode a wave of xenophobia to electoral triumph… and liberal opprobrium,”
in Stephen Lemons description of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. It wasn’t just
“liberal opprobrium,” considering the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lot of the
law as unconstitutional. Take that, Jan Brewer.
I was learning how to insert the photos, our design editor specifically said,
“Use the photo where she’s laughing like the devil.”
prehistoric cave-dweller, a person of degraded character or a person
unacquainted with affairs of the world, n.
backed Todd ‘Legitimate Rape’ Akin, Richard ‘God Wants Rape Babies’ Mourdock
and a host of other troglodyte true-believers,” in Chris Haire’s bit on South
Carolina former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. Troglodyte is the word of the week,
hands down. Pick whatever definition you want, they all apply. Props to Haire
for his ability to find the perfect word for such people. DeMint was one of my
personal favorites on the list, for his views that gays and unwed heterosexual
women having sex shouldn’t be allowed to teach in public schools. I’d love to
hear his plans for unwed heterosexual men and how he would like to enforce these
state schools in Indiana (or at least Ball State) start school really early
(like August 18) so I’m heading back to Muncie and you lovely people only have
one more week until you probably won’t notice the fabulous words in CityBeat
anymore. Please return next week for my going away Fiesta Edition. I just made
that up. Rachel Podnar writes "From the Copy Desk" weekly from her desk as CityBeat's
intern copy editor. Her job is to find and correct everybody else's
mistakes, occasionally referencing a dictionary to check one of our more
pretentious educated writers' choices of words. She rounds up and recaps the best ones here.
by Rachel Podnar
39 days ago
Posted In: Life
at 01:14 PM | Permalink
In case you need a dictionary with the June 18 issue of CityBeat
Did you know that it's someone's job to read the entire newspaper searching for everybody else's mistakes? Well it is, and this common method of editorial quality control is my job for the summer — I read every issue of CityBeat (yes, every single page, even the Eats: "Classes and Events," which is painful) and look for typos, misspellings, incorrect facts, AP style or grammar slip ups. I'm trying to catch all of it so the copy you read is clean and you aren't thinking "What the hell was CityBeat on this week?" It's not just leisure reading. Sometimes the band names are so obscure I can't find them online to fact-check. Can I stop pretending I've heard of any of these groups? If my enrollment in college means I read at a college level, then some of CityBeat's writers must have doctoral degrees because they're throwing out some pretty ostentatious vocabulary. I keep noticing crazy words I've never heard of and I can’t be
the only one. I am, however, the only one who has to check (*cough, editors*). I Google them, just hoping the writer used it incorrectly and I can smirk as I mark it with my red pen. So far, no dice. Anyways, here’s a roundup of the words that gave me a double
take this week. I’ll grab the dictionary so you don’t have to (you probably weren’t
planning on it anyway).
Adroit: skillful, adj.
congratulations if you already knew this one, I felt the need to double-check.
Turns out I’m not so adroit at vocab, ha.
In the paper: “the sisters are adroit
in doing makeup for film production,” in “Style Sisters” about makeup maven duo
Andrea and Ashley Lauren. Sounds like the pair is adroit in business savvy as
well, they were the first in the Midwest to open up a blowout bar.
Cognoscenti: someone with an informed appreciation, n.
of the week* Maybe I just like it because of its Italian origin; cognoscenti rolls off the tongue. I’d never heard it before, but now I’ll be
sure to tell everyone what a shopping cognoscenti I am.
In the paper: “the soccer
cognoscenti” in this week's cover story, “Ballin’ in Brazil.” You can pretty much get the definition
from context clues, but using the French version of the word, synonym
"connoisseur," wouldn’t have been the same because, to me, it evokes food. Bonus
tidbit: Both cognoscenti and connoisseur are derivatives of the Latin
cognōscere, which means, “to know.”
Diaspora: the dispersion
of a group from the same culture, n.
think diaspora may be experiencing a moment lately. I’ve run into it a few times
lately, once in reference to the relationship between Russia and the Ukraine.
In the paper: “my family’s diaspora” in
Kathy Wilson’s “A Day in the Life.” Wilson uses it to describe the splintering
of her immediate family over the years in a piece about randomly running into her brother and a thoughtful longtime reader.
Eponymous: work named after its creator or central character, adj.
surprised this word isn’t used more often, considering all the situations in
which it could be applied. I’m thinking, Spongebob,
Forrest Gump and *NSYNC’s self-titled
album, all eponymous.
In the issue: “Those Darlins
eponymous debut album,” in Sound Advice. Spoiler alert, the album is called “Those Darlins.”
Incisive: keen, acute, adj.
seeing incisive in the subhead, I assumed metal band Agalloch's music could also be
described as “biting.” From reading about the band’s woodsmoke, wrought iron
and moss-informed music sensibility, however, I had to check and see if there
was another definition. Turns out incisive also means “keen,” which more
closely describes the band’s discipline and vision.
the issue: “incisive metal outfit” in the subhead for music lead story on
Agalloch, “The Devil is in the Details.”
Bonus… my favorite word
from last week: Amalgam
I don’t remember the story it was used in a week ago, but it’s just a noun for
a blend or combination. Like, “I
enjoy an amalgam of iced decaf from Lookout Joe, Coffemate creamer and
back next week, too. I’ll be documenting the growing body of words known to me here on the blog until August.Rachel Podnar writes "From the Copy Desk" weekly from her desk as CityBeat's intern copy editor. Her job is to find and correct everybody else's mistakes, occasionally referencing a dictionary to check one of our more pretentious educated writers' choices of words. She rounds up and recaps the best ones here.
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This is, literally, some awesome,
exclusive, breaking news: We, as humans, have words in our lexicon that
have lost their meanings and/or garnered brand new, completely different