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Answers to Unasked Questions From the Mid-Terms

Austin, Texas November 17, 2014 — Since the US Mid-Term Elections, the Global Language Monitor have compiled a list of the major global trends that were not specifically addressed by either party.

In 2014 to better understand these issues, GLM has structured these topics as “Answers to Unasked questions”.

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“Since 2004, GLM has analyzed the top political buzzwords leading up the the Presidential- and Mid-term Elections,” said Paul JJ Payack, president and Chief Word Analyst for GLM. “This year we are highlighting the trends that were little addressed by either party.”

The Answers to Unasked Questions From the 2014 Mid-Terms follow.

Answer No. 1. In the Islamic state, women and young girls (10 and older) are stolen and then sold into sexual slavery or forced into involuntary marriages. And this after watching the beheading of their husbands, sons and brothers.

Question No. 1 How do you best describe a War on Women?

Answer No. 2. A horrific pandemic is raging in West Africa, threatening to escape to other countries and continents. The CDC estimates that it could reach a half million deaths or more — by January. The World Health Organization admits that it failed to see the outbreak for what it is.
As of Nov. 4th, WHO says there were 13,227 cases and 5,285 deaths. Doctors Without Borders warns if the number breaks 20,000, there will be little that can be done. The CDC believes the numbers of current cases should be doubled or tripled to between thirty and forty thousand as of now.

Question No. 2 Why are concerned citizens being ridiculed as panic-stricken and hysterical?

Answer No. 3 Since the first oil shock in 1973, the US has been in an upside down position regarding energy usage vs production. Estimates of harm done to individual consumers (and the economy at large) range up to a trillion dollars, or more. We re-tuned the entire economy, had wars, at least partially for oil, and spent billions in new exploration technologies. By some measures the US has finally regained the title of the World’s Top Energy producer. This has has all turned around in the last 18 months, yet few celebrate this remarkable achievement.

Question No. 3 The ‘Oil Crisis’ no longer serves a political purpose for either side. It’s much easier to argue over fracking, the Keystone pipeline and Global Warming.

Answer No. 4 According to the Purchasing Power Parity measurement of global economies, China has surpassed the US as the World’s largest economy earlier in 2014. (China will take another year of two of torrid economic growth to surpass the US employing the other scale, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is a momentous occasion. The Last time this happened was in 1857 when the the United States surpassed the United Kingdom as the world’s economic leader. Though there are those who dispute this exact date, all agreee that is was a long, long time ago.

Question No. 4 An important, even world shaking, event occurred during this election cycle; can you name it?

Answer No. 5 The Great Recession (Or Global Economic Re-structuring). In 2008 the then-current administration never ceased to maintain that the country was not in a by-the-books definition of a recession (even though the global economy was in a freefall). This was because the economy did not yet hit two consecutive quarters of decline in GDP. Six years later we are in the opposite position with successive quarters of growth, but the citizens believe that something is wrong structurally with the economy, with wages stagnant, and millions dropping out of the workforce or taking part-time positions at greatly reduced salaries.

Question No. 5 Why do some economists think that we need a new way to measure economic expansions, contractions, underemployment, and the like.

Answer No. 6: US Industrial production is currently at ‘normal’ levels, normal for a post-Industrial Economy, that is. For the last fifty years industrial output has fallen as a percentage of the overall economy, an inexorable decline.

Question No. 6: When is the manufacturing side of the US economy ever coming back to normal levels?

Answer No. 7: 2114. At this writing, most of the current conflicts in the Middle East can, at least partially, trace their beginnings to World War One, currently commemorating its centennial in 2014, and its immediate aftermath. These conflicts are intransigent, and deeply rooted — another hundred years, say two or three more generations, is as good a guess as any.

Question No. 7: When will the conflicts in the Middle East be settled?

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What Exactly is Settled Science?


Phrase of the Day:  Settled Science

As thoughtful readers have learned since the launch of the Global Language Monitor in the fall of 2003, all objectivity in media is suspect, and for good reason.  The non-bias claimed on all sides of the political equation is itself, biased, since all media have come to see their particular viewpoint as objective and true, right and just, supported by the facts, scientific or otherwise, and agreed to by all learned people (who happen to agree to their particular beliefs).The fact that their audiences steadfastly agree with their positions, only serves to re-enforce their particular biases. “We all think so, so it must be true!”  (… and it is logically consistent, is a frequent addition.)

One of the most dangerous of these biases is the concept of ‘settled science’.
Science, by definition, can never be settled.

The Scientific Method has been adhered to since the Enlightenment.   It is composed of five or six steps

  1. Observation
  2. Hypothesis
  3. Experiment
  4. Record and analyze data
  5. Compare the results to the hypothesis.
  6. If necessary, either modify the hypothesis or the experiment

There is always more complete data to be found and always room for another test of the hypothesis, to ensure completeness.  

Another time-honored tradition, is the custom of employing Occam’s Razor in the decision-making process.   Occam’s Razor is stated in Latin as:  Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem” (‘Do not multiply things without necessity).  The principle is essential for model building because for a given set of data, there is always an infinite number of models explaining the data.

In other words if you have two choices 1) a snowball moves because invisible, alien drones take it and deliver it to its target, or 2) angular momentum — you must choose No. 2 because that is the simplest.

If there is any fact in science that cannot be debated, it’s Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.  Yet nonetheless, every year there are numerous well-publicized challenges to differing aspects of the Theory. How can this be if the Theory of Relativity is ‘settled’?

The answered is because this is part of the scientific method!

Lest this be seen as an argument against human-enhanced Global Warming, please allow me to point out that this is not the case.  We consider Global Warming as close to settled science you can get but not for the reasons you might think.

Settled Science is not a new term, in fact, its use stretches back some 150 years, although the settled science that it described  would seem a Hall of Infamy in the early 21st century.

Settled Science in late 1800s:

  • In 1888, the founder of the American Astronomical Society wrote, “We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.”
  • The division of Humankind into ‘races’ differentiated by alleged Intellectual Potential (or limitations), Color of Skin, Shape of the head, and Geographic Location.
  • Segregation of women and girls from higher education.  Alleged reasons:  women’s brains could not deal with rigorous thinking — and men would become physically and psychologically unhinged in their presence (See Harvard and the Havard Annex – Radcliffe).
  • Excluding women from voting for much the same issues.

Settled Science in early 1900s:

  • Space flight is not possible because there is nothing in space for an engine to push against.
  • Since space cannot be empty, there needs to be a substance and name it ether.
  • The Universe cannot be infinite, so we live in an  ‘island universe’ that we call the Milky Way.

Settled Science later in the 20th century

  • There are so many safeguards built into nuclear power plants that the odds of an accident are 50,000,000,000 to 1.
  • A ‘population bomb’ would wipe out millions or billion of humans before the end of the century.
  • An impending Ice Age would settle upon Northern climes before the end of the century with great death and destruction in its wake.
  • Being gay or lesbian was classified as abnormal and a psychiatric condition by the experts in the field.

Settled Science early in the 21th century

  • That nothing can exceed the speed of light was a given until it was recently ‘proven’ that the Inflationary Stage of the first moments of the Big Bang expanded thousands or millions of light-years in less than a millionth of a second.

With Occam’s Razor in mind we must come to the conclusion that ‘settled science’ is a term that often contradicts the Scientific Method, itself and,therefore, must be used with great caution.


Ebola-tracker Global Survey: No Hysteria but Plenty of Fear (and Concern)

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Definition of Hysteria and Panic

Little evidence of ‘hysteria,’ ‘hysterical thinking,’ or ‘panic’

October 27, 2014,  Austin, TEXAS — In a TrendTopper MediaBuzz analysis of top global print and electronic media the Global Language Monitor (GLM) has found little evidence of ‘hysteria,’ ‘hysterical thinking,’ or ‘panic’ but an overabundance of the words ‘fear’ and ‘concern’.  The survey was completed on October 21, 2014

“Since President Obama issued his warning on ‘hysteria and hysterical thinking’, the media have taken up the cry, yet there is little evidence of any such reactions actually occurring.” said Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief of GLM. “However, we are seeing a very large uptick in references to ‘fear’ and ‘concern’ — and for good reason since nearly every projection on the course of the epidemic by the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Administration have proven false.  The American people are seeing a large disparity between what they are being told — and what they see with their own eyes”.

The top findings of the TrendTopper MediaBuzz Study:

  • Neither the words hysteria nor panic were much in evidence during GLM’s 10-day study — except in the media that were cautioning against succumbing to them.
  • The New York Times and Washington Post each mentioned hysteria nearly ten times more than the Dallas Morning News, which sat at the epicenter of the Ebola Outbreak.

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WHO: “No evidence that the epidemic is being brought under control…”

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Update: Dallas Healthcare Worker Following Full CDC-recommended Procedures Tests Positive for Ebola….

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October 12, 2014 (Updated) Global Language Monitor’s Ebola Tracker, a Language and Logic (LAL) assessment the various announcements, updates and projections issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and the UN focuses on the WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report issued on 8 October 2014.

Key Points of the WHO Update:

  1. The past week has seen a continuation of recent trends.
  2. The situation in West Africa continues to deteriorate.
  3. Widespread and persistent transmission of EVD continues.
  4. The reported fall in the number of new cases in Liberia over the past three weeks is unlikely to be genuine.
  5. Troubling, is the deterioration in the ability of overwhelmed responders to record accurate epidemiological data.
  6. There is no evidence that the EVD epidemic is being brought under control.

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Flashback: Malala Yousafzai Named Internet’s Top Name for 2012 …

Malala Yousafzai won the Top Internet Name award in 2012
Malala Yousafzai won GLM’s Top Internet Name award in 2012

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Ebola-Tracker: Many Targets and Deadlines Announced by WHO, UN, and CDC Pass Without Comment

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“A medical blitzkrieg across national boundaries”

Ebola-Tracker: Many Targets and Deadlines Announced by WHO and CDC Pass Without Comment

October 2, 2014  Global Language Monitor’s Ebola Tracker, a Language and Logic (LAL) assessment the various announcements, updates and projections issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and the UN are passing without comment.

“The fact that the targets and deadlines are passing is as much a cause for alarm as the fact of EVD spreading in a medical blitzkrieg across national boundaries,” said Paul JJ Payack, president and Chief Word Analyst of the Global Language Monitor. “In particular, the comments from the the various agencies about their confidence level of halting, containing, and/or controlling the epidemic appear to be losing credibility.”

Key Dates:

April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic’s spread is “unprecedented.” But a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman calls it “relatively small still.”

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Ebola Worst Case Scenario: 1 Billion cases by August 2015?

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Worst Case Scenario: 1 Billion cases by August 2015

September 24, 2014  Global Language Monitor’s Ebola Tracker’s analysis from the CDC’s Worst Case Scenario: 1 Billion cases by August 1, 2015 with a greater than 50% fatality rate.  The current fatality rate is about 71% according to the CDC.  This is a basic mathematical extrapolation from Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) September 23rd projections that considered Worst Case Scenarios of between 550,000 and 1.4 Million Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) victims by the middle of January.

Key Points:

1.  The current outbreak has already claimed more lives that all previous outbreaks combined.

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Ebola-Tracker: Language and Logic (LAL)-based Assessment of the Ebola Pandemic

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The Ebola-tracker is the Big Data language analysis of the official numbers and updates released by the World Health Organization (and the CDC) and the conversations surrounding the numbers by various  experts in various fields.. GLM’s Analysis is a Language and Logic (LAL)-based assessment of the WHO and CDC numbers.  When projections come from other organizations, they will be noted as such.  As a further cautionary note or caveat, when dealing with real-time numbers and numbers analysis, projections can change in real time.  Since Our purpose is to analyze the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak objectively, without biases or blinders of any sort.  In particular, the goal is to examine the latest thinking on the course, the geographic extent,  and the time to-contain the pandemic.

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Key Points: 

1.  The current pandemic has already claimed more lives that all previous outbreaks combined.

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“All Things New York City” are the Top Fashion Buzzwords of 2014

The ​Seventh Annual Analysis by the Global Language Monitor


NEW YORK, September 12, 2014 –​ “All things New York” has been named the Top Fashion Buzzword for 201​4, in the Global Language Monitor’s ​seventh annual ranking.  Attitude, Reds, Underbut(t) and Visible Panty Lines (VPL) follow.  Boyfriend Jeans,  Side Boobs, The Kardashian Clan, Robe-style Coats, and Pastels follow.


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All Things New York”, capturing the essence of the New York fashion sense, dominates the 2014 Top Fashion Buzzword list,” said Rebecca Roman, Manhattan-based Fashion Director for GLM. “It is difficult to think of any global fashion trend that does not have a strong presence, if not its origin,  in the New York City.

For the current list of the Top 50 Fashion Capitals Go here

The Top Fashion Buzzwords of 2014 follow:

Rank, Buzzword, Comment

  1. “All things New York” — In 2014 New York stands astride the world of fashion.
  2. Attitude — It’s not just what you wear but how you wear it.
  3. Reds — Big , bold, and bright.
  4. Underbut(t) — Yes, we said ‘underbut(t).
  5. VPL (Visible Panty Lines) — For decades, the idea was to eliminate VPL; VPLs are now in style.
  6. Boyfriend Jeans — Popular but not always fashionable.
  7. Side Boobs — Same as above.
  8. The Kardashian Clan — Same as above.
  9. Robe-style Coats — More bedroom-style in the streets.
  10. Pastels — Appropriate now for all seasons.
  11. Funky Eye Makeup — You know it when you see it.
  12. Earthy Tones — Mixing various earth tones together.
  13. Sneakers — Still popular in all shapes and sizes.
  14. Transparents — Updated Peek-a-boo look.
  15. Sweaters — Particularly Wool, particularly big.

Methodology:  GLM’s various word analyses are longitudinal in nature covering a number of years that varies with the particular analysis.  The rankings are based upon actual word usage throughout the English-speaking world, which now numbers more than 1.83 billion people.  GLM analyses billions of web pages, millions of blogs, 300,000 print and electronic news organizations, and new social media sites as they emerge.  To qualify for GLM’s lists, the words, names, and phrases must be found globally, have a minimum of 25,000 citations. and the requisite ‘depth’ and ‘breadth’ of usage.  Depth is here defined as appearing in various forms of media; breadth that they must appear world-over, not limited to a particular profession or social group or geography.

Top Fashion Buzzwords of previous years include:

  • London (2013)
  • the Princess Effect (2012)
  • Kate Middleton (2011)
  • Lady Gaga (2010), and
  • Chiconomics (2009)

 Each year, the Global Language Monitor ranks the Top Global Fashion Capitals. In ​ 2013 New York topped Paris and London followed by Los Angeles (!?), Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Sydney, Antwerp, and Shanghai.

About the Global Language Monitor
In 2003, The Global Language Monitor (GLM) was founded in Silicon Valley by Paul J.J. Payack on the understanding that new technologies and techniques were necessary for truly understanding the world of Big Data, as it is now known.
Today, from its home in Austin, Texas Global Language Monitor analyzes and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices and their impact on the various aspects of culture, with a particular emphasis upon Global English.
For more information, call 1.512.815.8836, email info@LanguageMonitor.com, or visit www.LanguageMonitor.com.


Shut out at the Emmys, True Detective’s “Time is a flat circle” Wins Top Television Words of the Year Award

11th Annual Analysis by the Global Language Monitor

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AUSTIN, Texas, Labor Day Weekend, 2014 —  “Time is a flat circle” from True Detective’s Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) are The Top Word(s) from Television that influenced the English language from the 2013-2014 season.   The Top Telewords Awards are announced in conjunction with the Prime Time Emmy awards at the beginning of the Fall television season in the US.  The Prime Time  Emmy Awards were broadcast from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on August 25th, on the NBC television network.

This is the Eleventh annual analysis by Austin-based Global Language Monitor (GLM).

“It is a pleasure to announce that the Top Telewords of the 2013-14 season are from the articulate, intelligent (though often dark) scripts of True Detective.” said Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst of GLM.  “This year’s list reflects the outpouring of quality programming from all points on the globe”streaming to billions of ‘endpoints’ around the globe, be they televisions, computer screens, smart phones and/or tablets”.

Following “Time is a flat circle,” were “Bitch” from Breaking Bad,” “Sherlocked” from Sherlock, “Black List” from The Black List, ‘polar votex’ which dominated US network news through the winter, and the “Wreaking Ball” YouTube video of Miley Cyrus.  Rounding out the The Top Ten were “Mortality” from Game of Thrones, “Sochi” from the Winter Olympic programming, “‘scandal” from the 2014 World Cup Brasil, and the “‘Great War” from Downton Abbey.  “Georgie”, from the birth of the British Royal Heir broadcasts was this season’s Bonus Word.

This exclusive ranking is based upon GLM’s Narrative Tracking technology. NarrativeTracker analyzes the Internet, blogosphere, the top 300,000 print and electronic news media, as well as new social media sources (such as Twitter) as they emerge.

The words, phrases and concepts are tracked in relation to their frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets.

The Top Telewords of the 2013-2014 Season follow:

Rank/Word/TV Show/Comment

1.  “Time is a flat circle”  (True Detective) — Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) philosophy of life

2.  Bitch (Breaking Bad) — The philosophy of life of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) philosophy of life
3.  Sherlocked (Sherlock) —  Sherlock’s secret password hidden ‘in plain sight’
4.  Black List (The Black List) — There are many Black Lists in history, few of which surpass that of ‘Red’ Reddington (James Spader) for pure evil
5.  P0lar Vortex (Local weather Forecasts) — Massive low pressure systems that pumped frigid polar air into North America last winter
6.  Wreaking Ball (YouTube) — Massively popular Miley Cyrus video with 600,000,000 hits on You’Tube thus far
7.  Mortality (Game of Thrones) — Be careful not to love ((or even be faintly attracted to) a character;  they just may meet their fate this week
8.  Sochi  (The Sochi Winter Olympics)  — Putin’s Note to Myself:  1. Conquer Sochi, 2. Conquer Crimea, 3.  Conquer Ukraine
9.  Scandal (FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014)  —  The FIFA World Cup just a warm-up to Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
10.  Great War (Downton Abbey) — 60,000 British servicemen killed in a single day is bound to cast a pall over the course of a season
Bonus Word:  Georgie (The Wills and Kate Chronicles, Season Three) — The birth of the British Royal Heir
The Top Telewords of previous years:
2013 — “Twerk” (VMA) Miley Cyrus’s sexually-suggestive gyrations have many precedents in American popular music from Jazz, to the Jitterbug, Elvis’ swiveling hips to hip hop.

2012 — “Adorkable” from New Girl, Big Bang & Modern Family, followed by Shell Shock, Bi-polar, and Dothraki.

2011 – “SpillCam” from the Gulf Oil Spill, followed by Guido (Jersey Shore) and Reality (TV).

2010 – “Royal Wedding” of Kate Middleton and Prince William, followed by Charlie Sheen’s ‘winner,’ and Arab Spring.

2009 – “ObamaVision” — All Obama, all the time, everywhere, followed by Financial Meltdown and the death of Michael Jackson.

2008 – ”Beijing” (from the Olympics), ObamaSpeak, followed by ‘facts are stubborn things’, ‘it is what it is,’ and Phelpsian.

2007 – “Surge” from the Iraq War political and military strategy, “That’s Hot®” Paris Hilton’s popular expression that is now a registered trademark, and “D’oh!” from The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie.

2006 – “Truthiness” and ‘Wikiality’ from the Colbert Show followed by ‘Katrina’, ‘Katie,’ and ‘Dr. McDreamy’.

2005 – “Refugee” from the coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, followed by ‘Desperation’ from Desperate Housewives and ‘Camp Cupcake’ from the on-going Martha Stewart follies.

2004 – “You’re Fired!” edged “Mess O’ Potamia” followed by “Girlie Men,” “God,” and “Wardrobe Malfunction”.

About The Global Language Monitor

“We Tell the World What the Web is Thinking.” Austin-Texas-based Global Language Monitor analyzes and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices, and their impact on the various aspects of culture, with a particular emphasis upon Global English.

For more information, call 1.512.815.8836, email info@LanguageMonitor.com, or visit www.LanguageMonitor.com.