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Wrong message?

“People were shocked, surprised and some even outraged that Jackie Evancho didn’t win [NBC’s] 'America's Got Talent.'Jackie was blessed with some call ‘a voice of an angel.’ But this 10-year-old girl - whose voice seemed heaven sent - did not get elevated to high-rolling heaven. She did not win bragging rights and $1 million.

“Instead the ‘sure he’s talented but whatever’ Michael Grimm won. But should he really have won? Here are 4 reasons why Jackie should have:

“1. Her rendition of ‘Ava Maria’ was perfection. She hit the high notes, she hit the low notes, she tackled the song with gusto, guts and pure perfection.

“2. Michael Grimm was the winner, but shouldn’t he have just spent his competing time on American Idol? Isn’t that where the over-18 singers belong? Isn’t America's Got Talent for those who wouldn’t be able to compete there? …

“3. Last season, the winner was Kevin Skinner. This year’s winner Michael Grimm. Both Southern singers (Kevin is from Kentucky, Michael is from Mississippi). Both totally channeling male Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, r&b and country. Don’t you think that the voters and judges should have gone out on a limb and awarded it to someone [outside] the box? Like perhaps an extremely talented 10-year-old opera singer?

“4. Wouldn’t it have been a great message to kids, our children … if Jackie won? It’s always inspiring when young kids defy the odds and win. It would have been such a fabulous message to young voices everywhere.”

- Sunny Chanel, writing on “4 Reasons Why Jackie Evancho Should Have Won America's Got Talent,” on Babble.com Sept. 15

Changing language

The Oxford University Press announced Thursday a list of new words and phrases that have been added to the New Oxford American Dictionary.

Here’s a sampling of the new words and their origins:

- bromance - a close but nonsexual relationship between two men. Origin early 21st century: blend of brother and romance.

- carbon credit - a permit that allows a country or organization to produce a certain amount of carbon emissions and that can be traded if the full allowance is not used.

- green-collar - denoting or relating to employment concerned with products and services designed to improve the quality of the environment: green-collar jobs. Origin on the pattern of white-collar and blue-collar.

- hashtag - (on social networking websites such as Twitter) a hash or pound sign (#) used to identify a particular keyword or phrase in a posting.

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