I keep hearing people mistakenly use the word misnomer when they mean myth. Heard it again on NPR yesterday, this time from a scientist. A misnomer is a misleading or inaccurate name or term for something, as in the case of golf clubs known as woods. Woods are no longer made of wood, but they're still called woods.
And in the past few days, I've twice come across the phrase "anti-Trump sycophant," referring to someone who hates Trump. I don't think sycophant means what they think it means.
One more: Mortified does not mean outraged. It means embarrassed, like embarrassed to death. Or it can mean subdue the flesh, which is the way it's sometimes used by religious people when referring to self-discipline and self-denial of bodily needs, pleasures and desires.
WASHINGTON—Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers.
In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, the GOP operative, Peter W. Smith, implied he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, at the time a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump.
“He said, ‘I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?’” said Eric York, a computer-security expert from Atlanta who searched hacker forums on Mr. Smith’s behalf for people who might have access to the emails.
Emails written by Mr. Smith and one of his associates show that his small group considered Mr. Flynn and his consulting company, Flynn Intel Group, to be allies in their quest.
What do Punjab and Italy's Po Valley have in common? More than you might imagine, which explains why immigrant Sikhs from the Indian state became the backbone of Italy's most famous cheese-making industry. On the flat plains of the Po Valley is the small town of Novellara, in the province of Reggio Emilia.
It's not far from the city of Parma - and from Parma and Reggio Emilia comes the name of one of the world's most famous cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano... in English, Parmesan. Under EU rules, it has to be made exclusively from milk produced and transformed into cheese in this area of northern Italy.