German Word of the Day
Your word today is Meinung, which means “opinion”.
Those that follow my daily garbage might have noticed that I have a few. Which leads me to my rant for the day: I rarely care about other people’s opinions. Unfortunately, news organizations have come to believe that they will not survive unless they fill their ration of my time with miscellaneous opinions of people, which they collect via email, Twitter, Facebook, or any other of these new “social” media menaces. I want news (which is already biased), not a fatuous statement from some insignificant idiot (no matter how pleasant and well-meaning). I do not want others to tell news organization what stories interest them; I expect highly paid editors to do that. After all, we are still submitted to bad advertising to pay that salary.
I tend to agree with the words of Maggie Smith’s character in Downton Abbey, when taking about girls having opinions: “When she marries, her husband will tell her what opinions she is allowed to have.” What would characters like that have to say about Twitter? Probably the same things I say...
Back to the word of the day: If you tear the word Meinung apart, the first part is mein or “mine”. Some might be familiar with the word from such classics as Mein Kampf, by everyone’s (all Republicans and talk show blabberers, I mean) favorite, our buddy Adolph, or the song in Cabaret, where Liza/Sally entices some guy called Mein Herr. Regardless of German or English, everyone is entitled to his or hers: just don’t try to make it mine.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.