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The dictionary in the digital age. The latest additions to Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary reflect society’s infatuation with the Internet and cellphones. Among the new official words: clickbait, emoji, net neutrality, photobomb and WTF. The latter is not the first time an acronym with a curse word has gained official status. In the 1940s, SNAFU joined the lexicon—its meaning has since changed to something less vulgar than its origins.
Summer weather. Houston was pummeled with devastating floods in May, but the forecast is better for the country’s mid-Atlantic and Southern regions. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a below-normal hurricane season. That’s good news during the height of event and convention season, giving planners one less thing to worry about.
The ever-growing presidential race. Americans won’t elect a new president until 2016, but the race for the White House is already heating up. By summer’s end, expect more than 10 Republican candidates in the running, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley among Hillary Clinton’s challengers on the Democratic side. The activity may mean a surge in meetings and events (fundraising and otherwise), especially in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.