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  • The word of the year for 2008 is Obama

    That's right, the word of the year for 2008 is Obama. It's a proper noun referring to the 44th president of the United States.

  • Beyond the Pale: White House Hanukkah invite is actually Christmas card

    In one well-known West Wing Thanksgiving episode, Pres. Jed Bartlett pardoned a Turkey and granted asylum to a group of Chinese victims of religious persecution. But this week in the real west wing, besides barbecued turkey, two wars, and a financial meltdown, George W. Bush, another president whose series has been canceled, seemed intent on playing to his base one last time by making his legacy the long-awaited conversion of the Jews.  

    At least that's what it seemed like to Jewish leaders who received invitations from the White House to this year's annual menorah lighting. On the inside of those Hanukkah invites, George and Laura Bush request "the pleasure of your company at a Hanukkah reception." But the outside of the card features a horse-drawn wagon carrying the White House Christmas tree up to a snow-clad White House, and to drive home the White Christmas message, a sign on the side of the wagon reads, "White House Christmas Tree 2008."

  • Criminalizing cyberspace: from Myanmar to California, going digital can mean going to jail

    Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, has sentenced prominent comedian U Maung Thura to 45 years in jail for violating the country's "Electronic Act," which strictly controls digital communication.

  • Should Barack Obama, the first digital president, have to give up Twitter?

    With all the justifiable excitement about America's first black president, it's easy to forget that Barack Obama is also the nation's first digital president. Or at least he could be if his aides don't take away his BlackBerry and his Twitter account.

  • High Court to decide whether F-bomb is ready for prime time

    If you're in front of a microphone and you feel a fleeting expletive coming on, you better say it now, before the Supreme Court says you can't.

  • Small Latin and less Greek were good enough for Shakespeare, but some Brits want to rid English of its classical roots

    Three town councils in England have banned Latin words and phrases common in English because, as the folks in Bournemouth put it, "Not everyone knows Latin." Even worse, Latin's a problem in Bournemouth no matter what language you speak: "Many readers do not have English as their first language so using Latin can be particularly difficult."

    Banned from this seaside Dorset city of 163,000 with its seven miles of sandy beaches are eg and ie, annoying abbreviations that now must be replaced with the fully-articulated English for example and that is.