Some Words of the Year 2008
John Smeaton – hero baggage handler who ‘assisted’
police in the Glasgow airport attack.
George W. Bush’s deployment of 21,500 extra troops to Iraq.
Faux-friendly marketing blurb that aspires to a personal tone.
Those Not in Education, Employment, or Training.
Blair’s term for the modern media which
‘just tears people and reputations to bits’.
Those who eat (only) locally grown food.
Paris Hilton’s inmate number during her incarceration.
Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre’s term for loss-making media organisations subsidised by profitable parent companies (Times, Guardian), or by the tax payer (BBC).
Graduated escalation of force, said to be part of the US military’s Iraq
rules of engagement: Shout; Show weapon; Shove; Shoot to warn; Shoot to kill.
Eating for media attention
 by celebrities, to disprove allegations of anorexia
 by officials, to reassure consumers about the safety of a food
(e.g., poultry, post-avian flu)
 by authors, to promote special diets.
Empty aircraft flown only to keep key airport ‘runway slots’.
A TV episode edited to include previously unseen material.
The Mother of All Targets
Prince Harry, who was said to have been targeted by insurgents
as he planned to join his regiment in Iraq.