Wondrous Words #404

WWWEvery 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.


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3 Responses to Wondrous Words #404

  1. I get it but I don’t like it. Thanks for playing along!

  2. Vicki says:

    Too bad that this word is even need.

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