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Polite as fuck, pretty as fuck, feminist as fuck... 
 
X as fuck

Or as it's seen on Twitter and elsewhere, "X af" for short.

+Nancy Friedman writes about the phrase and its myriad variations, today at Strong Language.

Also, let me note that I have a copy of Jesse Shiedlower's The F Word and recommend it highly. Got mine used at AbeBooks, so it's not the latest edition, but it's still informative as fuck.

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A friend who attended one of the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts in late June came back with a fashion report. No, it wasn’t about tie-dyed peasant skirts or blinged-out Birkenstocks. It wa...
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"In effect, 'Inside Out' is a feature-length training manual for seeing life like a Pixar movie, an imprint machine for creating its own consumers." - +Richard Brody 
“Inside Out”: five characters live inside the mind of an eleven-year-old and take control of her actions. Credit Walt Disney Co. / Everett
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The woman who redefined "God" in the dictionary

No, really. +Kory Stamper reworked the definition of "God" in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged, because it needed help. (The original was written in the mid-50s. You know, when "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance.)

If I wasn't an editor, I think I'd make a damn fine lexicographer. 

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As told to Jen Doll. As a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, Kory Stamper defines new words (a personal favorite? mosh) and updates old ones. She explains what it takes to become a word, why angry letters are also inspiring, and how a day in the life of a dictionary editor includes both death ...
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Clusterboinks and Clusterfornications
This post originally appeared on Strong Language, a sweary blog about swearing. I love the word clusterfuck. It’s a perfect word for, as Jesse Sheidlower defines it in The F-Word, “a bungled or confused undertaking or situation.” That sums up approximately 91.3 percent of life. Much as I dig the original, I’m also a fan of variations....
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"It’s now conventional wisdom that the Baby on Board sign was one of the precursors to a more widespread change in parenting from a time when, to us, children appear to have been neglected to our present situation in which doting over children is every parent’s self-congratulatory purpose in life. But those Baby on Board announcements dovetailed with something else too, something we don’t normally connect them with: the decline in the United States’ spending on infrastructure. As we were begging people to give special consideration to this babied-up car or that screaming station wagon, even as we were increasingly crazed with protecting our own individual children, we were not exactly securing their future."
At some point in the early 1980s, a large yellow placard began turning up in the back window of cars proclaiming “Baby on Board.” At first it seemed a joke, an inadvertent high-sign that the... Read More »
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"Since ViralNova is unconcerned with pursuing the loftier matters of capital-J Journalism, there’s no business/editorial line the writers have to worry about crossing. Everyone can write posts and everyone can write ad copy. It’s a neat business proposition — two positions hired for the price of one." 
Unencumbered by so-called “journalistic ethics” and not beholden to institutional standards, ViralNova is free to pursue the types of “entertaining content” they excel at producing: material that is vaguely manipulative, mostly sappy, and wholly shareable. Here's how they do it.
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"I’ve spent years studying compound nouns, vaguely aware that the hyphen in 'dog-lover' clarifies that the dog is the object of the love, whereas in 'dog lover,' without the hyphen, the dog is a stud. 'Star fucker,' in this context, definitely should have taken the hyphen."
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"i'm sure I’m not the only person who read the crooked-psychic series in the Times recently and asked himself, What would an uncrooked psychic be?" - Louis Menand
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"Just as the Eskimos are said to have many words for snow, Yiddish speakers have many words for losers: schlemiel, schnook, schmo, schmegeggie, schlub, pischer, nebbish, and putz were just a few of Mother’s many ways to dismiss or disapprove of someone."
The music of my childhood was a language filled with endearments and rebukes, and frequent misunderstandings
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The latest Sweary Links roundup from +Nancy Friedman is up, at Strong Language

Hot sauce. Salad. "A literal shithead" (see image). Chris Christie. Hyphenation guidelines.

Y'know. The usual stuff.

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Before we get to the links, a brief public-service announcement: We're pleased as fuck to have been nominated in Babla's Top 100 Language Learning Blogs contest. That's right: language learning. Be...
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"The ideology of individual autonomy is, for good or ill, so powerful that it demands cars where trains would save lives, just as it places assault weapons in private hands, despite the toll they take in human lives. Trains have to be resisted, even if it means more pollution and massive inefficiency and falling ever further behind in the amenities of life." - Adam Gopnik
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Gopnik just demonstrated his ignorance.
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"'I hate [the word] foodie because it’s cute, like pretty much all diminutives associated with eating,' he told the magazine. 'Veggies, sammies, parm...' 
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