This Week in Words: November 26 - December 1, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week.

We saw new life stirring in places that were previously stagnant. There were two billion-dollar corporate sales — one hopes to provide an infusion of fresh energy into the dying magazine industry, and the other seeks to overhaul a restaurant chain. A series of deals led to the end of Republican procrastination on their previously stalled tax bill, and an ingenious Canadian boy hopes the dictionary will be expeditious in adopting a word he coined.

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  1. infusion
    the act of introducing a modifying element or quality
    The deal was made possible, in part, by an infusion of $650 million from the private equity arm of Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers known for using their wealth and political connections to advance conservative causes. - The New York Times ( Nov 26, 2017)
    The Meredith Corporation, which owns Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle magazines, has purchased Time, Inc. which owns Time, People, and Sports Illustrated, for almost 3 billion dollars. The Meredith magazines are based on the domestic lives of everyday people, while the Time magazines cover politics and celebrity gossip. Many wonder how the magazines will change now that they are all controlled by one corporation.
  2. masquerade
    making a false outward show
    Outside I'm masquerading
    Inside my hope is fading
    Just a clown oh yeah
    Since you put me down
    My smile is my make up
    I wear since my break up with you
    - "The Tracks of My Tears" , co-written by Pete Moore
    Pete Moore, an original member of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, died this week. Moore co-wrote some of the group's biggest hits and all-time Motown classics, including "Tracks of My Tears" and "Ooo Baby Baby." Moore was 78 years old.
  3. ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
    The 6-year-old from Victoria is going viral on social media after he made a video describing how he has made up an ingenious new word that he wants to add to the dictionary. - (Nov 27, 2017)
    Getting a word into the dictionary is tough, but no one should put anything past a determined 6 year-old Canadian boy named Levi. Levi noticed that there isn't a dictionary entry for a word that form another word when read backwards, as when drawer backwards is reward. Now Levi is campaigning on social media to get his term for this — "levidrome" — recognized. He even got a letter of support from William Shatner.
  4. lurid
    glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism
    Coverage of this prince-meets-commoner courtship in the British tabloids became so lurid that Harry took the unusual step of issuing an official statement in November 2016, four months after they began dating, condemning the “wave of abuse and harassment” his girlfriend had endured. - (Nov 27, 2017)
    Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle. The British tabloids have already attacked Markle, and Harry has sought to protect her from lurid stories that dredge up gossip about her past. The pair plans to wed in the spring of next year.
  5. expeditious
    marked by speed and efficiency
    He praised the court for acting expeditiously but criticized the government for proposing a litigation schedule that would continue into next year. - (Nov 28, 2017)
    The controversy surrounding the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ended up in court this week. For a few days the CFPB had had two directors — one appointed by President Trump and one who claimed the post based on being selected by the previous director. A judge has now ruled that the president's appointee can assume the position, denying a restraining order sought by the other director.
  6. seismic
    subject to or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration
    Indonesia, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire—an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean prone to seismic upheaval—is home to nearly 140 active volcanoes. - The Wall Street Journal (Nov 27, 2017)
    After lying dormant for almost 50 years, there was volcanic activity on Mount Agung on the island of Bali this week. 130,000 people had to be evacuated and the island's second-largest airport was shut down. In addition to the damage any eruption may cause, this will have a significant impact on the island nation, as Bali is a popular vacation destination in Asia and a significant part of its economy depends on tourism.
  7. ubiquity
    the state of being everywhere at once
    Glover would seem to lack both the critical unanimity and the commercial ubiquity to be a major Grammy player, but his album is undoubtedly of an artier complexion than the likes of Sheeran, while still feeling extremely 2017-relevant -- indicating that the Grammys’ increased emphasis on nomination review committees...may be having their desired effect. - (Nov 27, 2017)
    The Grammy nominations were announced this week. As expected, Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar led the pack of nominees with 8 nominations and 7 nominations, respectively. Notable snubs include Ed Sheehan, who did not get an Album of the Year nomination despite the album being extremely popular, and Taylor Swift, who was nominated for a few categories, but not as many as she was eligible for.
  8. proxy
    document by shareholders authorizing a vote on their behalf
    Arby’s owner Roark Capital Group said on Tuesday it would buy Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. for $2.4 billion, adding to its growing portfolio of U.S. restaurants after a bruising proxy fight over the direction of the chicken wing chain. - ( Nov 27, 2017)
    The group which owns the Arby's fast food chain has purchased the casual-dining chain Buffalo Wild Wings. We're fine with this news, as long as they keep the experiences the same as they are now. Being in the mood for a gooey Beef 'n Cheddar sandwich is a distinctly different craving from the one you get for a huge pile of chicken wings covered in sauce that's hotter than the sun. Please respect the differences, Roark Capital Group. Merge the businesses but not the flavors!
  9. procrastination
    putting off or delaying an action to a later time
    Even though more than 70 years have passed since my rescue, it’s not too late to give back. That’s a lesson I hope the next generation recognizes, because it’s all too easy to let procrastination give way to inaction. But action is what brings hope to those who need it,” he added. (Nov 27, 2017)
    A man who was rescued as a boy by the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II is donating one million dollars to veterans' causes. The man, who survived the war hiding on the outskirts of Paris, has never forgotten the kindness that U.S. servicemen showed him all those years ago when France was liberated. His donation will be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, among other charities.
  10. verge
    come close to
    South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon told foreign correspondents in Seoul on Tuesday that North Korea is on the verge of achieving full nuclear capability with an intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead, according to Yonhap News Agency. (Nov 27, 2017)
    North Korea launched another missile this week. The missile was
    launched into the atmosphere and landed in the Sea of Japan, but estimates vary on how far it might have been able to travel if it had been on a horizontal trajectory. In light of this news, Hawaii announced that it will begin siren tests to warn their citizens of a missile assault from North Korea.
  11. overhaul
    the act of improving by renewing and restoring
    Passage of the tax overhaul, which seemed uncertain on Monday, strengthened considerably on Tuesday after the Senate Budget Committee voted along party lines to advance the plan. - The New York Times (Nov 28, 2017)
    The Republican tax plan inched closer to becoming a reality this week. The Senate bill and the version in the House of Representatives now have to be brought together to make one cohesive tax plan.

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