Jon And Chantel

Choose the news 03/06/18

Merriam-Webster Just Added Cryptocurrency, Life Hack, Dumpster Fire, and Mansplain to the Dictionary

The English language keeps on changing.  For the better?  Dear God, no.

Merriam-Webster just announced a bunch of new words they’re adding to their dictionary.  So these words are “real” now, I guess . . .

1.  cryptocurrency (noun) . . . “any form of currency that only exists digitally . . . using a decentralized system to record transactions.”

2.  life hack (noun) . . . “a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently.”

3.  mansplain (verb) . . . “to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic.”

4.  hate-watch (verb) . . . “to watch and take pleasure in laughing at or criticizing.”

5.  glamping (noun) . . . “outdoor camping with amenities and comforts such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing, not usually used when camping.”

6.  dumpster fire (noun) . . . “an utterly calamitous or mismanaged situation or occurrence.”

(Merriam-Webster

87% of People Consider Themselves Busy

I want to say this number seems high, but it really doesn’t.  We’re all insane.

According to a new survey, almost nine out of 10 people consider themselves BUSY.  40% say they’re busy pretty much all the time, and another 47% say they’re busy sometimes.

Only 10% say they’ve almost never got a lot of stuff going on.

(YouGov)

More Millennials Lost Money to Scams Last Year Than Their Grandparents

 

NOW who’s gullible, you damn punks?

According to a new report from the Federal Trade Commission, more millennials lost money to scams than their grandparents did last year.  40% of Americans in their 20s fell for some kind of fraud last year, versus 18% of people over 70.

But . . . older people who fell for the scams lost more money.  The average fraud victim in their 70s got taken for $621 . . . the average fraud victim in their 20s lost $400.

The most successful scams were fake debt collectors.  Identity theft, which includes credit card and tax fraud, was second-most successful.

(USA Today)

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