Do you recognize the words lunatic fringe, iffy, public relations, point well taken, kitchen cabinet, Anglophobia, personal shopper, Snowmageddon and bully pulpit? Or how about tin can, relocate and military industrial complex? All of these words were actually coined by our presidents during their time in office.
Lexicographer Paul Dickson has managed to combine all of these Americanisms into his most recent book, "Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents." Every word is organized chronologically with the definition, etymology and a brief essay explaining the cultural context.
Dickson will discuss his book at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and you can buy them at press.org/events/dickson.
PSY's signature dance moves in his world-hit song "Gangnam Style" has launched a cultural phenomenon in South Korea. The catchy tune has contributed to what Chinese journalists call the "Korean Wave," signifying a re-birth of South Korean entertainment and culture since the 1990s. Several young -- and very talented -- Korean artists are following in PSY's footsteps and popular music called "K-Pop."
To celebrate these artists, the Korean Cultural Center of Washington DC is featuring a up-and-coming artist every month. This month, singer and actress Son Dam Bi is on the pedestal.
The Korean Cultural Center will be hosting a giveaway with a chance to win an autographed Son Dam Bi album. Go to koreaculturedc.org for more details on how to win -- but hurry, the deadline is Tuesday.