Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Retiring Guy suggests Merriam-Webster use a photo of William Barr at its entry for 'sycophant'


Defined at Merriam-Webster

Reported in AG criticizes report’s finding of no bias in FBI Russia inquiry.  (Boston Globe, 12/9/2019)
“The inspector general’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a US presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Barr, a close ally of President Trump who has begun his own re-investigation of the Russia inquiry, said in a statement.

Lindsay Graham at 'spineless' (11/30/2019)

Entry found at Merriam-Webster

Where’s Lindsey? After G.O.P. Outcry, Graham Emerges as a Trump Defender.  (The New York Times, 11/29/2019)
In the space of a few weeks, Mr. Graham, who has long prided himself on being an institutionalist, has gone from expressing an open mind about impeachment to becoming a leader of the president’s counterattack. He has angrily denounced the House inquiry — “Salem witches got a better deal than this!” he tweeted on Wednesday — while generally acquiescing to calls from an outraged party base to mount a more vigorous defense of the president. Like Mr. Trump, he faces re-election next year. Sign Up for On Politics With Lisa Lerer A spotlight on the people reshaping our politics. A conversation with voters across the country. And a guiding hand through the endless news cycle, telling you what you really need to know.

Rick Perry at 'dipshit' (11/26/2019)

Definition found at Merriam-Webster
Photo at Wikipedia

'God's used imperfect people all through history': Perry shares why he thinks Trump is the 'chosen one'.  (USA Today, 11/25/2019)
"King David wasn't perfect. Saul wasn't perfect. Solomon wasn't perfect. And I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago," Perry said.

Devin Nunes at 'prevaricator' (11/25/2019)


What you way when you and your party are in deep shit.  “TV ratings are way down, way down,” Mr. Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, declared — on live television — to a pair of witnesses seated before him in Congress. “Whatever drug deal the Democrats are cooking up from the dais, the American people aren’t buying it.” Mr. Nunes was wrong. 
In fact, America’s impeachment drama, titled “Days of Our Impeachment” on a recent “Saturday Night Live,” is drawing “Monday Night Football”-level viewership. On some days, its ratings have topped popular procedurals like “NCIS.”


Tim Cook at 'jellyfish'  (11/24/2019)

Definition found at Merriam-Webster (highlight added)
Photo credit:  Wikipedia

No, That Mac Factory in Texas Is Not New.  (The New York Times, 11/20/2019)
Immediately after Mr. Trump’s comments, Mr. Cook thanked the president and his staff. “I’m grateful for their support in pulling today off and getting us to this far. It would not be possible without them,” he said. He did not correct the record.

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Donald Trump at 'chutzpah' (11/23/2019)

Definition found at Merriam-Webster

No, That Mac Factory in Texas Is Not New.  (The New York Times, 11/20/2019)
It was a pretty typical publicity event, until the end. Mr. Trump walked in front of the news cameras and took credit for the plant, suggesting it had opened that day. “For me, this is a very special day,” he said. Mr. Cook stood next to him, stone-faced. The plant has been making Apple computers since 2013.

Mike Pompeo at 'hubris' (11/21/2019)

Entry for 'hubris' found at Merriam-Webster

Pompeo Emerges as a Major Trump Enabler in Ukraine Affair.  (The New York Times, 11/20/2019)
Whatever Mr. Pompeo’s future plans, Mr. Trump’s secretary of state is now tied intimately to the Ukraine controversy. Even before Mr. Sondland’s testimony, Mr. Pompeo was rumored to be seeking an exit from the State Department, perhaps to run for a Senate seat in Kansas, his adopted home state, with an eye toward a presidential bid once Mr. Trump leaves the stage. Sign Up for On Politics With Lisa Lerer A spotlight on the people reshaping our politics. A conversation with voters across the country. And a guiding hand through the endless news cycle, telling you what you really need to know.

Jeff Sessions at 'grovel'  (11/15/2019)

Entry for 'grovel' found at Merriam-Webster

Watch the wallowing.



Related reading:
Donald Trump's biggest regret is choosing Jeff Sessions as his attorney general.  (Slate, 6/23/2019)

Standing between Jeff Sessions and the Senate is a certain Donald Trump,  (Politico, 11/7/2019)
Sessions’ relationship with Trump deteriorated during his tenure as attorney general after Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, and the president has continued to publicly criticize his former ally in the year since he departed the administration. 
Now, Sessions — who announced his candidacy Thursday night in a news release posted on his website — faces the challenging task of winning back the president’s support or becoming one of the only Republicans in the past three years to win a GOP primary without Trump’s backing.

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of 'bootlick' occurred in 1845.

Other coinages from the same year include:
  1. bloviate
  2. gushy
  3. low-level
  4. no-account
  5. nonconsensual
  6. overconservative
  7.  regroup
  8. Sturm and Drang

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