Network news has given rise to a whole new vocabulary. Those of you in the media universe (see below) will need to master a few phrases to remain society-savvy in the conversational cosmos.

Some of the common ones are listed here. Newspeak is constantly evolving, however, and you will have to double-down (also see below) in order to keep up.

Double down: To become more tenacious in your position. Tossed around equally by television reporters and their interview subjects, some of whom double down daily.

Dig down: not to be confused with double down; normally it means to excavate. In journalism, it means to get to the bottom of something. Can also mean to donate generously from one’s own pocket.

Move the ball forward: what someone says to sound as if they’re compromising while actually planning to get their way

Moving forward: same as above, but without the ball

Falsehood: a fancy word for lie

Falsity: a fancier-sounding word than falsehood.

Fake news: a story presented as true that is not. Like when a husband reports he has to work late at the office but he doesn’t.

Media universe: all media consumers out there with devices, not to be confused with an alternate universe, parallel universe or Stephen Hawking’s universe

Walk it back: to replace a misstatement. What you do when you’ve said something and wish you hadn’t.

Bully pulpit: a public office that allows its occupant to speak out on everything. Has nothing to do with bullies, just Theodore Roosevelt. He liked to say, “Bully!” which meant “Awesome!” back in 1900.

Push back: to retaliate for a perceived slight; gets its name from boys on the playground shoving one another. What happens in Congress.


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at Fete@theadvocate.com.

Living La Vida Loca

Festival International de Louisiane went Latin for its Fete du Festival fundraiser at the Warehouse. “It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said festival marketing’s April Courville. “It kicks off the festival season, and we’re unveiling the poster and the pin at 7:45.” Playing along with the suspense was opening band Tonomono, whose members hail from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba, along with the one-and-only Boogát, Scott Feehan, Hizzoner Joel Robideaux, board President Tom Brown, Brad and Gayle DeHart et Cie and Renee Helm with some killer red, over-the-knee boots. “They weren’t made for walking,” she said. Who’d we love? Adam and Christina Beazley and Jake Spinella — why men should never quit wearing hats. Next year's Festival International de Louisiane is April 25-29.

Vive la France

Festival International programming director Lisa Stafford was named “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) at a reception in her honor prior to La Fête du Festival.

A prestigious distinction awarded under the jurisdiction of the French Minister of Culture and Communication, the consul general of France in Louisiana, Vincent Sciama, presented the award in the name of the president of the French Republic. Established in 1957, the award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and around the world.

Dread Poet Society

They were so bad they were good. Achilles Print Studio and Kimberly Ann Southwick hosted the UL English Graduate Students Association for its “Bad Wine (Good Cheese) and Worse Poetry” fundraiser. The erudite audience did, indeed, enjoy some less-expensive wine, among them a dollar bottle of Lucky Duck, before getting down to business. “The worst poetry that’s ever come out of the UL graduate program,” said Southwick. Offerings began with Caitlin Vance’s ode to her college roommate, Nicole, and progressed to “placentability," “lesbihonest” and Kevin Stones’ “seafaring leprechauns,” and “I am the bait.” All we can say is there was a Walmart karaoke "microphone with reverb" involved. Money raised goes to a grant for English graduate students, who, by the way, write and read their poetry by phone nowadays. Our new favorite event.

Triton Party

Darryl and Lena Myers hosted Krewe of Triton Royalty at their Wills Drive home. “We’re expecting about 65 people this evening,” said Myers, who had to give up his entire dining room just to house the Mardi Gras gifts. Joey’s was ready on the line with the hors d’oeuvres, and taking the grand tour was King Triton XXXIX William Ritchey, ball Captain Vaughn Swilley, Scott and Julaine Coco, picture-ready pages Cailyn Ritchey and Dallas Ritchey, and little Arielle Marks, who was not. You can’t win ‘em all.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Beta Sigma Phi honored its sweethearts with a Sunday tea and yellow roses at River Oaks. Honorees were selected by their peers from each chapter, and duly noted were Dee Jones, Cheryl Dailey, Paulette LeMaire, Martha Bryant and Teresa Messina. The ladies enjoyed mimosas, reminiscing and a new chapter of five, according to Julie Anna Ousse. What we loved: the Doucet and Redfearn ladies — those are some pretty women. Beta Sigma Phi is a nonacademic sorority with 200,000 members in chapters around the world. It is a social and cultural organization that incorporates service as part of its mission.

These Dreams

Dreams Come True of Louisiana held its annual Wine Evening at Ruffino’s On the River. Amid the wines to taste and great hors d’oeuvres, the highlight of the evening was piano man Ethan Hunt and the auction of the artwork painted during the evening by Maria Boudreaux.