These days it's hard to trust everything we hear and read, which could be why Dictionary.com has named “misinformation” as 2018’s Word of the Year. The site defines the term as "false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead," and blames technology it's prevalence, noting that misinformation is widespread in several areas these days, including identity, environmental, health, political and economic concerns
While misinformation took the top title this year, other words came in not far behind. Runners up for Word of The Year include:
- “representation,” used a lot when talked about representation in movies like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther.”
- “self-made,” which saw an increase in look ups after “Forbes” called Kylie Jenner a “self-made billionaire.”
- “backlash,” which, seems to be used for all sorts of things these days, particularly the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh.
We’ve all heard that there’s no cure for the common cold, but we happily run to the drugstore for the pills and liquids that claim to help alleviate our symptoms when we start to cough or sniffle. The same goes for our kids when we notice them catching a cold, but according to a new review in The BMJ, over-the-counter cold and cough medications for kids are pretty much ineffective. And even worse? For kiddos under six, those meds could actually do more harm than good.
Study author Dr. Mieke van Driel says there’s really not much parents can do with medication to relieve their child’s discomfort from a cold. “Unfortunately, our research shows there’s very little evidence,” that over-the-counter cold medicines help with kids’ symptoms. She admits, they “were actually quite amazed by how little there was” to be enthusiastic about.
According to the research, the only potentially beneficial treatment for kids is a simple saline nasal irrigation. All the decongestants, cough suppressants and antihistamines didn’t show evidence they help the symptoms. And not only do they not really help, there are risks in giving them to young kids. The FDA originally recommended against using over-the-counter cold and cough medicines in children under two and the American Academy of Pediatrics has now extended that to apply to kids up to six.
So what are parents supposed to do when their kiddos come down with a cold or cough? Doctors say “buckle in and try to get as comfortable as possible.” Dr. Shonna Yin advises offering plenty of fluids and honey for a cough for kids over one - no honey for babies. The Mayo Clinic also recommends pain relievers and running a humidifier, and a saltwater gargle for kids over six with a sore throat. If there’s any sign of respiratory difficulty or high fever or signs of the flu, like shaking and chills, that’s when it’s time to head to the doctor.
These days a lot of us communicate in the office through emails, and while it may seem like the easiest way to get things done, often things can be misinterpreted leading to even more confusion down the road.
Now, when that confusion hits, often the folks sending the email will add some commonly used email phrases, and while they may seem polite, they probably have a nastier meaning behind them, and now a new thread is revealing just what those phrases really mean.
A thread on 9GAG’s Facebook page translates some of today’s most popular email phrases with hilarious results, and it’s so popular it’s received 16,000 likes and 2,300 comments, with many folks chiming with their favorite translations.
- For example, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the phrase “let me clarify” in an email, which they site suggests really means, “you completely misunderstood my last message, you idiot” and they add that “hope this helps,” really means “just stop bothering me.”
Other phrase translations include:
- “I see your point” - You can express your opinions but I give zero sh*ts.
- “As stated below” – You need to read the entire email chain, not just the top two lines, because your dumb question has already been answered.
- “Kind Regards” - F*** You
- “Moving Forward” – Stop wasting my time just let it go already.
- “Per my last email” – You better re-read the whole thing again so you won’t ask me stupid questions.
- “Thanks in advance” – I’m already thanking you for doing me this favor though you haven’t agreed to it yet. Therefore, you must do it.
- “Sorry for being unclear” - No I wasn’t. Obviously you didn’t really read what I wrote. You need to pay more attention.
- “Just checking in” – I’m going to keep sending you emails about this until you respond.
Source: Daily Mail