the winter of our discontent
Why Tergiversate Is Our 2011 Word Of The YearThere are essentially two ways to pick a “word of the year.” One common approach is to select from words whose common usage reflects some quality of the year past. Expect to see occupy, winning, etc., on many selections this December. Another way involves actually using the dictionary. Is there a word that captures the character of 2011, regardless of its popularity or ubiquity? In …
- the three musketeers,
- the ticket,
- the ugly american,
- the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
- the western wall,
- the wiser,
- the wish is father of the deed,
- the wolf shall also dwell with the lamb,
- the works,
- the world must be made safe for democracy
“The winter of our discontent” has come to suggest disaffection in general. The phrase served as the title for a book by John Steinbeck.
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