The ‘New Defeatists’: Why May and Tillerson Are My People of the Year

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at No. 10 Downing Street, London, Sept. 14, 2017 (State Department Photo).
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at No. 10 Downing Street, London, Sept. 14, 2017 (State Department Photo).

It is the season for columnists to nominate their words, songs and people of the year. Here are mine. My word of the year is “defeat,” with a special nod to its derivative form “defeatist.” My song is “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” by the Rolling Stones. And my people of 2017 are British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. I acknowledge that these are not immediately obvious choices. “Defeat” is not exactly a novel word or concept, to start with. Its first known use in English was in the 15th century. “You […]

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