a person who compensates for latent frustrations over prejudices against her own race or gender by contributing to the scapegoating of other minorities, of which she is not a part, so as to make herself feel more connected to and accepted by the majority.
When he was a child, he used to get the shit beaten out of him by the rich, white kids; then he grew up, made a lot of money and became a malkin. Now he spends all his time campaigning against gay rights.
prematurely abandoning an established industry or practice, on the belief that something that is new or cutting-edge will be successful and profitable regardless of its quality or readiness.
Eponym referring to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who spun off the DVDs-by-mail service that had defined his company's success, re-branded it poorly, and retained the Netflix name for online streaming in the belief that it alone was the future of the industry.
It's important that we promote green energy, but we need to stop reed-hasting, or we'll just end up throwing more money at failing companies like Solyndra.
adj. Cautious because of a feeling of disgust or nausea
n. A conflict, the severity and extent of which is not properly identified; a military action variously and sporadically described as a war, intervention, police action, etc.
Coined in this sense by Sarah Palin, misspeaking the word "skirmish"
"I haven't heard the president say that we are at war, and that's why I, too, am not knowing, do we use the term "intervention," do we use "war," do we use "squirmish"? What is it?"
- Sarah Palin on Fox News Channel, March 29th, 2011