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Apr 05, 2013
He wouldn’t know how to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel.
Dec 23, 2012
» The Words and Expressions of 2012 - NYTimes.com
From Grant Barrett of A Way With Words:
MIKE DROP OR DROP THE MIKE Literally, to drop a microphone on the floor in a showy way when finished with speaking or singing, especially after an outstanding performance. Figuratively, to quit a job or undertaking after an outstanding performance, especially when failure was predicted.
SWAG A stylish and confident demeanor or attitude. A shortening of “swagger.” This term has been used in recent years but became huge this summer following its repeated use in pop songs and by large numbers of (mainly) young men. Its popularity has since fallen.
YOLO An acronym for “You Only Live Once.” Used as an interjection when someone is considering doing something risky or ill-advised. The expression took off this year after the hip-hop star Drake’s song “The Motto” became a hit in 2011.
May 24, 2012
I love words…they’re my work, they’re my play, they’re my passion. Words are all we have really. We have thoughts, but thoughts are fluid. Then we assign a word to a thought, and we’re stuck with that word for that thought. So be careful with words. I like to think the same words that hurt can heal. It’s a matter of how you pick them.
Aug 17, 2011
Poets who eventually commit suicide use I-words [I, me, my] more than non-suicidal poets.
Jan 12, 2011
If you can’t explain what you’re doing in plain English, you’re probably doing something wrong.
Jan 08, 2011
Aug 17, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Be obscure clearly! Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand!
Mar 30, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
Kerouac diagrammed (from Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog)
(Part of) the last sentence of On The Road, diagrammed:
the evening star must be dropping and shedding her sparkler dims on the prairie, which is just before the coming of complete night that blesses the earth, darkens all rivers, cups the peaks and folds the final shore in, and nobody, nobody knows what’s going to happen to anybody besides the forlorn rags of growing old…
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