“Downgrade” on the Upwswing

August 12, 2011

By Ben Zimmer

All this week, politicians and pundits have been busy reacting to Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. debt rating from AAA to AA+, the first such credit downgrade in American history. The word downgrade itself has taken on powerful significance, to the point that it has vaulted itself into contention for Word of the Year.    Read the whole article here!

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