1. Democrats and Republicans can bicker about how much good the War on Poverty accomplished. But it obviously didn’t “cure” poverty, which means that, judged by Johnson’s own standards, the war ended in defeat — a rhetorical inversion that Ronald Reagan eagerly pounced on. And as Johnson’s presidential successors learned as they attempted to conduct the nation’s foreign policy in the wake of Johnson’s other major defeat, nothing breeds disillusionment and cynicism like failure.

  2. 26 Beatnik slang words and phrases we should all start using:

    • Dixie-fried — Drunk. “It’s Friday and the eagle flies tonight. Let’s go get dixie-fried.”
    • Jungled up — Having a place to live, or specific living arrangements. “All I know is that he’s jungled up with that guy he met at the gin mill last month.”
    • Pearl diver — A person who washes dishes. “I’m just a pearl diver at a greasy spoon, but it’s a job.” 
    • Off the cob — Corny. “Okay, some of this old Beat slang is kinda off the cob.” 
    • Quail hunting — Picking up women. “I’m going quail hunting and you’re my wingman.” 


    (Source: theweek.com)


  3. 19 regional words all Americans should adopt immediately

    Traveling around the United States, it sometimes can feel as if the locals are speaking a whole different language…

    whoopensocker (n.), Wisconsin — You know when something’s wonderfully unique, but the words “wonderful” and “unique” don’t quite cut it? That’s why Wisconsinites invented whoopensocker, which can refer to anything extraordinary of its kind — from a sweet dance move to a knee-melting kiss. 

    snoopy (adj.), Maryland, Pennsylvania — A more interesting way of saying someone’s picky, especially with regards to food. 

    chinchy (adj.), South, South Midlands — Not as direct as “cheap,” and less erudite than “parsimonious,” this useful word perfectly describes your stingy friend who never chips in for gas.

    More words… 

    (Source: theweek.com)