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The word “sheeple” is now in the dictionary, with Apple fans as example

Merriam-Webster added “sheeple” to their dictionary. It’s defined as “people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep.” Here’s one of the two usage examples they include:

Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for

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Writer-turned-politician amuses a nation in his quest to coin the world's shortest pangram

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Shashi Tharoor has a way with words. Be it the Oxford Union debate or his non-fiction prose, the former UN official and member of India’s parliament can certainly stimulate and provoke with words.

On Sunday afternoon, Tharoor chose a new playground: Facebook.

He took on the age-old pangram ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog‘ (32 letters) and challenged it with a new, shorter one.  A pangram is a sentence that contains all 26 alphabets of the English language. 

Tharoor mentioned ‘Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs’, containing 31 letters, and ‘How quickly daft jumping zebras vex’, having 30 letters, oblivious to the fact that further shorter ones exist too.  Read more…

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Because everything is awful, 'Fake News' is 2016's word of the year

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After a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring inside a Washington D.C. restaurant resulted in a North Carolina man taking a gun in to “investigate,” it seemed inevitable that “fake news” would define 2016.

And now it’s official, with the word being chosen as Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year. If you don’t laugh, you might cry.

Pronounced “fayk ‘nyoohz” (for those of you who just returned from Mars), the word became notorious after debates about bogus websites publishing false or hyper-partisan news on social media blew up in 2016. America is now learning what it’s like to deal with a political administration that routinely spreads fake news itself. Read more…

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