Every week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.
In the New York Times Opinion newsletter I found this interesting word that I couldn’t quite understand:
back-channeling: “There’s lots of back-channeling, backbiting, and lots of leaking,” John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation, said on the Slate Political Gabfest.
There are several variations on the meaning of back-channeling:
- a real-time online conversation using networked computers that takes place alongside live spoken remarks.
- Track II diplomacy, an unofficial channel of communication between states or other political entities
- an organizational practice in business that involves bypassing recognized or official chains of command in order to create vulnerability[clarification needed] at the level(s) skipped
Okay, now I get it. I hope you do too.
That’s all for me this week. Don’t forget to visit Kathy for more Wondrous Words Wednesday.