from "It's Your World"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sat Jan 31 15:25:44 UTC 2009

a recent "It's Your World" (from the World Affairs Council of Northern
California), heard in re-broadcast on KQED-FM this morning, had two
things of note:

from one speaker, self-mocking "acronymphomania" meaning 'fondness for
acronyms' (referring in this case to initialisms rather than acronyms
proper).  lots of google hits.

from another speaker, repeated occurrences of "investigativive
journalism".  "investigativive" is rare in print.  but
"investigatative" and "investigatitive" are frequent for
"investigative" in print (and "investigatation" and "investigatition"
for "investigation").

meanwhile, on an unrelated topic, it seems that this morning *every*
page that google pulls up in a web search comes with google's malware
warning, "This site may harm your computer".  news searches don't get
the warning, but web searches do.


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