Never 'Misunderestimate' Word Power of the Presidency
With the second inauguration of President Obama next Monday, we thought we'd take a different look at the American presidency. We often think of the White House as a seat of power in the country and in the world, but we don't usually think of it as a seat of words and language.
From Thomas Jefferson's coining of "belittle" to George W. Bush's (in)famous use of "misunderestimate," the list of words and phrases invented by America's presidents is long and surprising.
A new book looks at those words -- "iffy" by Franklin Roosevelt, "normalcy" by Warren Harding and "Sputnik moment" by Barack Obama. Last week, I talked to Paul Dickson, author of "Words From the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents."
A transcript will be posted soon.