For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the weekâ€™s national discourse.
â€¢ Boring [bor-ring]; adjective: The most apt characterization of the trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which features neither of the filmâ€™s stars and no fighting robots.
â€¢ Anonymous [un-non-uh-mus], noun: A wily band of hackers that took down the Web sites of MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal in retaliation for the companiesâ€™ refusing to process donations to WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange.
â€¢ Tragedy [traj-i-dee], noun: A word whose definition eludes political celebrity Christine Oâ€™Donnell, a failed senatorial candidate who identified the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwardsâ€™s passing, and Obamaâ€™s tax-cut bill as examples of the term.
â€¢ The Dial Press [thuh die-uhl press], noun: A defunct literary agency that once employed Jackie Onassis Kennedy.
â€¢ 9/12 Project [nine twelv prah-jekt], noun: Glenn Beckâ€™s political group, which Vanity Fairâ€™s Christopher Hitchens accused of â€œcanalizing old racist and clerical toxic-waste material that a healthy society had mostly flushed out of its system more than a generation ago, and injecting it right back in again.â€
â€¢ D.A.D.T. [dee-ay-dee-tee], noun: A policy that will, for now, remain in effect in the U.S. military, thanks to a filibuster by Senate Republicans.