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[This list of the most commonly looked-up words at NYTimes.com is from 2009. We've since published the lists for 2010 and 2011 — don't forget to check those out too. —Josh] If The New York Times ever strikes you as an abstruse glut of antediluvian perorations, if the gnuspaper’s profligacy of neologisms and shibboleths ever set off apoplectic paroxysms in you, if it all seems a bit recondite, here’s a reason to be sanguine: The Times has great data on the words that send readers in search of a dictionary. As you may know, highlighting a word or passage on the Times website calls up a question mark that users can click for a definition and other reference material. (Though the feature was recently improved, it remains a mild annoyance for myself and many others who nervously click and highlight text on webpages.)
Last time we checked in with Talking Points Memo, which was December, the political news site planned to get serious about in-house advertising sales as it added reporters in Washington. Since then, TPM hired its first vice president of sales, Diane Rinaldo , and vastly accelerated the site’s advertising revenue. (Expanding in D.C. has not been as smooth .)
Argentine fast-food chain opens in UK with horse burgers Argentina's leading fast food chain of burger restaurants, Pril, is opening a pilot store in Leicester Square, where it will serve horse meat burgers alongside traditional beef patties. Vatican to launch TV campaign to boost Church's image Pope Francis, the newly appointed pontiff, has asked a number of leading advertising agencies to pitch for a multimillion-dollar international ad campaign, in a bid to try and restore the tarnished image of the Roman Catholic Church. MediaCom wins £30m Coke account Coca-Cola has appointed MediaCom to its £30m UK media planning and buying business, ending a 12-year relationship with Vizeum.
Hadoken-ing: Real-Life Street Fighters Hadoken-ing is a trend from Japan where kids reenact scenes from 'Street Fighter' in photos. Since it has pretty much blown up the internet, here is a fashion shoot we did that takes that idea to the next level, putting our real-life street fighters in pixelated 3D realms. Corpse Brides and Forced Abortions: How China's One-Child Policy Is Still Ruining Lives China's one-child policy has created a long list of horrors that, besides child trafficking, includes infanticide, infant abandonment, and forced abortions, all used by families desperate to meet the set child quotas. Some sources estimate that 10 million state-enforced abortions take place in China every year. Pen Pals Inmates Love Lawsuits A prisoner named Kim Millbrook won a Supreme Court case with a handwritten petition, which is impressive.
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