blog postsGlenn Beck wins 2009 Doublespeak AwardNov 27, 2009 7:15 pm3788 views The National Council of Teachers of English has named Glenn Beck winner of the 2009 Doublespeak Award. The NCTE Doublespeak Award, established in 1974 and given by the NCTE Public Language Award Committee, is an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered. Here is the text of the award announcement: Beck, a popular radio and television commentator who moved from CNN to Fox News, and who became a prominent critic of liberalism and the Obama administration this year, wrote two New York Times bestselling books in 2009: "Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine" and "Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government." Beck has also been pushing his 9-12 Project, named for the nine principles and twelve values that he says embody the spirit of the American people on the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.The 2009 word of the year is "teabag," but the word of the decade has to be "wingnut"Nov 18, 2009 6:30 pm3497 views It's time once again to name the word of the year, and since we're coming up to 2010, it's also time to pick the word of the decade. The word of the year for 2009 is "teabag"; but the word of the first decade of the new millennium has to be "wingnut." The New Oxford American Dictionary just named "unfriend" its Word of the Year, defining it, "to remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook." Unfriending has become the thing to do to your ex. Just recently, Lou Dobbs unfriended CNN, and Sarah Palin unfriended John McCain and the entire 2008 Republican Presidential Campaign.Dirty words you can say on television: WTF as the newest cable channel?Nov 14, 2009 7:00 pm6897 views Whether you're a dedicated couch potato or only an occasional channel surfer, I'm sure you've noticed that swearing on prime-time television is on the rise.The internet is making old people irrelevant, warns MIT computer guruNov 8, 2009 12:30 pm2724 views Philip Greenspun, an MIT software engineer and hi-tech guru, argues in a recent blog post that "technology reduces the value of old people." It's not that old people don't do technology. On the contrary, many of them are heavy users of computers and cell phones. It's that the young won't bother tapping the knowledge of their elders because they can get so much more, so much faster, from Wikipedia and Google. What's rendering the old irrelevant is the internet.Unhappy writers are better writers, says psychologistNov 5, 2009 10:00 am6561 views All happy writers may be alike, as Tolstoy might have put it, but unhappy writers write better, according to social psychologist Joe Forgas of the University of New South Wales.