You know how the Inuit have 50 words for snow to distinguish between subtly different varieties? I'm starting to think we ought to do the same for sexual harassment. Because I don't see how it's possible to have any sort of nuanced debate when a paucity of language means almost everything - from a drunken arm around the waist to a crass chat-up line from a middle-aged booby in a rented dinner jacket - is being labelled as abuse.
On a day when we ought to be feeling mildly celebratory about the new royal engagement of Princess Eugenie and her beau Jack Brooksbank, it’s the renegade mother of the bride who has been hogging the headlines. After posting a flurry of photographs, over-the-top Tweets and bizarrely gushing observations about harmony, joy, destiny and how laughter and love can overcome Newtonian mechanics, The Duchess of York - Fergie to you and me - however, seems to have been silenced.
A kitchen table supper with friends deep in the heart of Middleclassville. “Lovely veg, very crisp and fresh,” murmurs one guest. “Farmer’s market?”“No, we’ve been to Iceland,” trills the hostess. “Very glamorous. All the same that’s a lot of food miles for a bag of mange tout,” comes the smiling reproof. Cue an appalled clatter of cutlery against Royal Doulton followed by a nonplussed silence. There are no words.
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".