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Words That Shaped Last Week: "Carnival," "Meteorites," and "Banana Joe"

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By Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair

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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.

Carnival [kar-nih-vul], noun: The company responsible for one publicly awful cruise and countless equally bad--in a quieter way--other cruises.

Meteorites [meet-e-or-ites], noun: Refugees from a fussy asteroid that dropped in, uninvited, more impolitely on Siberia today.

Miraval [meer-uh-vol], noun: The name of Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie's French château and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's new rosé.

Swagger [swag-ger], noun: The best dog at this year's Westminster Dog Show.

Banana Joe [ba-nan-uh jo], noun: Another dog at this year's Westminster Dog Show.

Tiny-Water-Gate [ty-nee wah-tur gayt], noun: The nom de scandal of Marco Rubio's awkward grasp for a travel-sized Poland Spring bottle during his response to the State of the Union.

State of the Union [stayt ov thuh youn-yun], noun: Some other thing that happened right before Marco Rubio infamously had a sip of water.

Fashion Week [fash-uhn week], noun: The biannual(-ish), pan-city, peripatetic festival of new collections, street-style photography, and over-ambitious R.S.V.P.-ing, the New York iteration of which just concluded.

Chuck Hagel [chuck hey-gul], noun: President Obama's selection for secretary of defense, whose confirmation process has been hijacked and impeded by Senate Best-Friends Committee co-chairs John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Bikini pictures [bih-kee-nee pick-shures], noun: An unfair, probably unavoidable consequence of being Kate Middleton while pregnant.

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