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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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"'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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"Most importantly, each of the dishes on the menu—priced at fifteen dollars, regardless of size or ingredients—is made from edible things that most people would consider trash, and much of which would have been otherwise thrown away: broken razor clams, beet roots, cheese whey."
A pop-up restaurant in the West Village finds new uses for edibles we would normally throw out.
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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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"When mainstream work-LARPing moves to chat, what does that pained, compromised, inauthentically polite-but-pragmatic email tone look like?" 
Slack, maker of extremely expensive professional chatrooms, is annexing online work culture at a stunning rate. The industry narrative doesn't quite cover it! Sure, a lot of companies are signing up and closing their Campfire chats, their Hipchats and their ...
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"I have to say that one of the biggest changes in my lifetime, is the phenomenon of men wearing shorts. Men never wore shorts when I was young. There are few things I would rather see less, to tell you the truth. I'd just as soon see someone coming toward me with a hand grenade." - Fran Lebowitz holds forth on fashion, cellphones, childishness, and Hillary Clinton ("I think her lack of style comes naturally"). 
Sartorial tirades from one of the most tailored and opinionated dressers in all of New York City.
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