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November 30, 2012 8:04 AM When Is Spending "Obscene"?

Yesterday at the Monkey Cage, Josh Tucker complained that analogizing $6 billion in campaign advertising to $6 billion spent on potato chips is improper. Jonathan Bernstein defended the analogy, arguing that it promotes numeracy by helping people understand large quantities....

By Seth Masket

August 07, 2012 12:00 PM The Future of "Obamacare" Again

Kevin Drum had an item recently about "Obamacare" -- the name of the program, not the program. He concludes: [I]f ACA eventually becomes popular, then Obamacare will be a positive term. If it fails, then it will fade away. It's...

By Jonathan Bernstein

May 31, 2012 10:38 AM The Most Useless Word Around

Would we lose anything, anything at all, if people just stopped using the word "establishment" entirely? That is, in the context of political party factions. Item 1: "Establishment" candidate David Dewhurst will have to compete with Ted Cruz in a...

By Jonathan Bernstein

March 27, 2012 10:01 AM "Obamacare"?

I've been calling the health care reform bill passed in 2010 and being argued in the Supreme Court this week "ACA" because I've thought it was the most neutral term. Affordable Care Act or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

By Jonathan Bernstein

December 26, 2011 1:43 PM Small Lies Are the Lubricant of Civilisation

The Economist has a priceless article on euphemisms, which correctly cites the British as masters of the craft: British newspaper obituaries are a rich seam: nobody likes to speak ill of the dead, yet many enjoy a hint of the...

By Keith Humphreys