1. The term "socialized medicine" was invented in 1947 by the American Medical Association's public-relations agency.
From the transcript of a "Fresh Air" interview with T.R. Reid, author of the new book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care:
Harry Truman wanted to provide universal health care in 1947. The American Medical Association -- the doctors -- hired a PR firm that invented the term "socialized medicine." Nobody knew what it meant. But I think the idea was that if you wanted to provide health care to your sick neighbor, you were a commie! During the Cold War that was a powerful argument! The amazing thing is that it's still a powerful argument.
2. I've been using "self-deprecating" to mean "disparaging of oneself and one's abilities" for ... well, forever.
But Garner's Modern American Usage, Third Edition, has set me straight. Deprecate, says Garner, means "to disapprove earnestly." The correct word is self-depreciating. Garner writes:
Depreciate, transitively, means "to belittle, disparage"; and intransitively, "to fall in value" (used in reference to assets or investments). The phrase self-deprecating is, literally speaking, a virtual impossibility, except perhaps for those suffering from extreme neuroses. ... Unfortunately, the form self-deprecating—despite its mistaken origins—is now 50 times as common in print as self-depreciating. Speakers of AmE routinely use self-deprecating. However grudgingly, we must accord to it the status of Standard English.