SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Each year it is a new word. Unfortunately for some, the 2011 World of the Year is ”squeezed-middle
”, a word that I have no idea what it means and certainly do not have any intention of learning what it means, let alone ever using it in my daily converse.
However, the good news is that ”the 99%” and ”occupy” have been short listed as words of the year! Most striking of all is that so many of the prominent words this year are not new – they are terms with a long past, but a new resonance. I give the Oxford definitions here:
Occupy, n.: the name given to an international movement protesting against perceived economic injustice by occupying buildings or public places and staying there for an extended period of time. [From the imperative form of the verb occupy, as in the phrase Occupy Wall Street.]
The 99 percent, n.: the bottom 99 percent of income earners, regarded collectively.
We have certainly come a long way since Mary Poppins:
DUMB-ASS QUESTION OF THE DAY! “Have you ever heard of anybody great that’s come out of the 99 percent?” Link
A gentleman in a nice suit who’s disgustedly watching an Occupy LA protest proudly identifies himself as “part of the one percent” and asks, ”Have you ever heard of anybody great that’s come out of the 99 percent?” When suggested The Beatles, the gentleman generously said that that was already 4! Then came The Marx Brothers, making it 8…as the gentleman faded into the background… (NOTE: There were actually 5 (five) Marx brothers: Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo)
AND FINALLY….(chess related):
Occupy the center!
Chess at Occupy DC at McPherson Square Park between K and I and 14th Street and Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington DC on Tuesday afternoon, 8 November 2011 by Elvert Barnes Protest Photography (Thanks, Mark! Link)