By Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair
For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.
Beyoncé [bee-yonce-ay], noun: The pop treasure who may have lip-synched the national anthem during the presidential inauguration ceremony. (Huh: when we put it like that, it really does not sound great.)
Falsetto [fahl-set-oh], noun: A dastardly mechanism for fooling adult linebackers, cartoon chiefs-of-police, wily coyotes, etc.
Saxby Chambliss [sax-bee cham-blis], noun: A retiring Republican senator from Georgia; the Latinate term for "chronic itching"; a Hunger Games villain; rough translation of the Middle High German phrase for "digested candle wax"; a 70s-era sexual euphemism, which, ironically, is illegal in Georgia.
jOBS [jahbz], noun: The aggressively stupid, practically un-Googleable new name for Ashton Kutcher's forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic.
North Korea [north kore-ee-uh], noun: A warm and prosperous empire whose dignified leader, Kim Jong-un, has personally designed the finest, most peaceful nuclear instrument of nuclear peace the West will ever see! To the grave with all hostility!
Honor [on-uhr], noun: An honor is anything you want it to be, according to Mitt Romney's friends.
Sisqo [sis-kwoh], noun: The Pauline Kael of turn-of-the-millennium novelty rappers.
Cold [kohld], noun: The impetus for this weekend's bout of canceled plans, bad moods, over-eating, and financially unwise reliance on cabs.
International Best Dressed List [in-ter-nah-shuh-nuhl best drehst lihst], noun: Vanity Fair's (newly democratized!) annual ranking of sartorial superstars.
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