Thanksgiving is our oldest American holiday and the granddaddy of feast days. Most of us will sit down to turkey and all the sides, a menu that has stayed static for decades. As we all learned in grade school, residents of the Plymouth outpost and Native Americans in the fledgling Massachusetts Bay Colony shared a harvest feast in the fall of 1621. Of course, Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until 1863, when Illinois' own President Lincoln federalized the day.
Unlike Latin, American English is a living language changing constantly. Over centuries, words that have meant one thing have moved to new definitions, different meanings. "Alternate facts" is one instance of two words morphing into different definitions while we're in Trumpian times. The words gay and dope have changed their meanings over decades. One word which hasn't changed over centuries is thug. To be branded a thug means one is a criminal.
Flooded-out Lake County residents got the bad news this week about damage from July's torrential rains: We didn't sustain enough damage to merit federal aid. Back in the summer, I predicted as much, as loyal readers will recall. While there was widespread flood damage, it was not enough to meet the stringent federal formula for government assistance. Damage amounts must meet pre-determined figures in the federal guidelines.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
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
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
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".