Archive | December, 2011

Lake Superior State University agrees with me: time to dump the “baby bump”

31 Dec


Wanna touch our baby bumps and watch us giggle?

I’ve been saying for a long time that the term “baby bump” infantilizes women, turning them into baby girls in baby doll dresses parading their baby bumps for everyone to ogle and pet. It belongs in the language trash bin next to “fecal pancake” (okay, I made that one up) and a long list of cringe-worthy things adults say without realizing it makes them sound like juveniles. No expectant mother (oh, excuse me, expectant “mom” since any woman with a child of any age is now a “mom”, including the mom they found stuffed in a barrel in Queens and reported it that way) with an ounce of self-respect will allow her pregnant stomach to be called a “baby bump.” It seems our collective growth is more stunted every year.

From USA Today:

DETROIT (AP) – Before passing comment on someone’s “baby bump,” take a pregnant pause. Likewise, give up promoting “shared sacrifice.” And if you’re tempted to proclaim your desire to “win the future,” you’ve lost it here in the present.

Michigan’s Lake Superior State University is featuring those phrases in its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The 2012 list, released Friday, was compiled by the university from nominations submitted from across the globe.

What else do the syntactical Scrooges want to cast out with the good cheer in the new year? The list also includes “occupy,” “ginormous,” “man cave” and “the new normal.”
In all, a dozen words or phrases made the 37th end-of-the year list. The list started as a publicity ploy by the school’s public relations department on New Year’s Day 1976, and has since generated tens of thousands of nominations.

Lake Superior State University agrees with me: time to dump the “baby bump”

31 Dec


Wanna touch our baby bumps and watch us giggle?

I’ve been saying for a long time that the term “baby bump” infantilizes women, turning them into baby girls in baby doll dresses parading their baby bumps for everyone to ogle and pet. It belongs in the language trash bin next to “fecal pancake” (okay, I made that one up) and a long list of cringe-worthy things adults say without realizing it makes them sound like juveniles. No expectant mother (oh, excuse me, expectant “mom” since any woman with a child of any age is now a “mom”, including the mom they found stuffed in a barrel in Queens and reported it that way) with an ounce of self-respect will allow her pregnant stomach to be called a “baby bump.” It seems our collective growth is more stunted every year.

From USA Today:

DETROIT (AP) – Before passing comment on someone’s “baby bump,” take a pregnant pause. Likewise, give up promoting “shared sacrifice.” And if you’re tempted to proclaim your desire to “win the future,” you’ve lost it here in the present.

Michigan’s Lake Superior State University is featuring those phrases in its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The 2012 list, released Friday, was compiled by the university from nominations submitted from across the globe.

What else do the syntactical Scrooges want to cast out with the good cheer in the new year? The list also includes “occupy,” “ginormous,” “man cave” and “the new normal.”
In all, a dozen words or phrases made the 37th end-of-the year list. The list started as a publicity ploy by the school’s public relations department on New Year’s Day 1976, and has since generated tens of thousands of nominations.

Wendy the country cat

28 Dec




We’re at the house in Stockton for the Christmas vacation. I had to bring Wendy along to give her medicine, since the cat sitter was skittish about it. She’s the most laid-back, friendly, relaxed and curious cat I’ve ever known. I knew she’d like it here and she seems to be having a great time. She’s also gaining weight, which is good. I’m hoping she surprises us all and sticks around another year or two. And in any event, she got the treat of her life spending a week out here with just Frank and me, with an entire house to explore.

Did Bob Vander Plaats sell his endorsement to Santorum?

23 Dec

Well, well, well.

From ABC News:

ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe and Michael Falcone report:

DAVENPORT, Iowa — An Iowa Christian conservative leader who bestowed his highly sought-after endorsement on presidential candidate Rick Santorum this week is now at the center of a controversy over whether he asked for cash in exchange for his public support.

Less than 48-hours after receiving the backing of Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the prominent evangelical group The Family Leader, Santorum disclosed that the prominent Iowan told him he needed money to make the most out of the endorsement.

And sources familiar with talks between the conservative heavyweight and representatives from several of the Republican presidential campaigns went a step further, describing Vander Plaats’ tactics as corrupt.

“Clearly the endorsement was for sale — without a doubt,” one source said.

Did Bob Vander Plaats sell his endorsement to Santorum?

23 Dec

Well, well, well.

From ABC News:

ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe and Michael Falcone report:

DAVENPORT, Iowa — An Iowa Christian conservative leader who bestowed his highly sought-after endorsement on presidential candidate Rick Santorum this week is now at the center of a controversy over whether he asked for cash in exchange for his public support.

Less than 48-hours after receiving the backing of Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the prominent evangelical group The Family Leader, Santorum disclosed that the prominent Iowan told him he needed money to make the most out of the endorsement.

And sources familiar with talks between the conservative heavyweight and representatives from several of the Republican presidential campaigns went a step further, describing Vander Plaats’ tactics as corrupt.

“Clearly the endorsement was for sale — without a doubt,” one source said.

Good reads: the Taxi Insider

23 Dec

I never knew there was such a thing.

Good reads: the Taxi Insider

23 Dec

I never knew there was such a thing.

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