OK, folks, it’s time to ask the question. And no, I am not about to ask what defines true happiness, true freedom or true love. Nothing of the sort. My question is the really weighty one: When is it appropriate to put up Christmas décor? As I say: it’s weighty. It’s time to ponder, of course, this being mid-November and all. Never mind that the big-box stores jumped the holiday gun ages ago, and had the trees up and the wreaths hung when we were still in shorts and sandals.
This will date me, I know, but I recall a time when a mouse was something that scurried out of the crawl space, prompting people to shriek with horror and jump on the nearest chair. It still is, of course. But these days, if I happened to talk to my sons about a mouse, they would not likely be initially envisioning a rodent with a tail. They would be thinking about something else: a cursor that moves on a laptop. No shrieking to speak of, and no chairs involved. Same goes for a web.
The son and I were discussing food. Specifically, dinner and breakfast pairings. More specifically, chicken and waffles. “It’s on all the restaurant menus,” the son said. “I know,” I said. “I see it everywhere.” “It’s supposed to be amazing,” the son said. “I’ve heard that,” I said. “Would you try it?” asked the son. “No,” I said. “Would you?” “No,” he said. “I think it sounds disgusting.” Chicken and waffles, it seems to me, is fairly new in the menu department.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".