The Tina Brown lexicon: ‘Swashbuckling’
When Tina Brown speaks, people listen (though, as we know, they don't always read).
Brown's word choices often become obsessions with the long-serving editor. In her hands, words like "hot," "buzz" and even "Zeitgeist" have attained their own distinctly Brownian meanings. This week, we, look at a favorite adjective of The Daily Beast/Newsweek editor:
swashbuckling (swosh-buhk-ling) adjective: Male, brave and, usually, rich.
"[Rich] Cohen gave [Ted] Forstmann credit for being 'this generous, swashbuckling guy'..." NPR: Tina Brown's Must Reads, Jan. 22, 2013
"Niall [Ferguson] is a swashbuckling, you know, very, very aggressive thinker..." Tina Brown on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Aug. 22, 2012
"Because he's a very talented writer, a terrific mind, a swashbuckling intellectual, a great public debater. Andrew [Sullivan] is a major talent…" Tina Brown on Diane Rehm Show, April 4, 2011
"It's a very, very good piece, a profile by Gabriel Sherman about where Rupert is right now in this arch of his wonderful, predatory, swashbuckling media career..." NPR: 'Beast'-ly Reader: Wingnuts, Murdoch's Mission, More, March 3, 2010
"Under a swashbuckling editor, David English, the Daily Mail converted itself to a tabloid format in 1971..." Tina Brown, The Diana Chronicles.