accordion cake , not to be plutoed in any way
In the event you haven’t heard:
“Plutoed” was chosen 2006’s Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society at its annual meeting Friday.
To “pluto” is “to demote or devalue someone or something,” much like what happened to the former planet last year when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto didn’t meet its definition of a planet.
Now, I could put together a long list of ideas, concepts, people and cultural fads that I’d like to see plutoed – not least among them squirrel-lovers, pharmaceutical advertisers, Hummers and anyone the least bit interested in the undergarment habits of celebrities. But it wouldn’t do any good. People will continue to think squirrels are “cute,” money equals free speech, obnoxious displays of selfish wealth are a god-given-american-right, and naked genitalia of the female variety are proof of a) poor maternal skills b) general sluttiness c) titillating d) horrifying e) she’s asking for “it” or f) all of the above.
Instead, I will herewith list the organizations that I personally plutoed in 2006 from receiving the largesse of my checkbook.
- National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and Planned Parenthood for their public endorsement of Independent candidate Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Senate race
- Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer for their cozy relationship with big pharmaceutical companies, their ties to the Bush Administration (founder Nancy Brinker was a “Pioneer” fund raiser for George W. Bush in both of his presidential campaigns) and their conservative agenda of promoting a breast cancer “cure” instead of focusing efforts on breast cancer prevention.
All of these organizations have received my donations in the past. No more. Instead, I will be writing checks to:
Won’t you join me?