Tonight, I have discovered a gap in the poetic imagination of the English language. Children in the United States and United Kingdom are taught that poetry often uses analogy, a form of metaphor that likens one thing to another thing.
My love is like a boiled carrot…
But what’s the opposite of an analogy? [...]
Guygones [gi-gonz]. plural noun. The trait of forgiveness when occurring in a relationship between two men.
In case you’re curious, a meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology concludes that women are more forgiving than men.
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
The trouble with Brainswarming is that it has been so successful in expanding human creativity that, already, over the weekend, it became obsolete. Get with it, Fast Company! People have moved on, and need a new catchphrase now. [...]
Shan’t. On the morrow. Fiddlesticks. Old bean. Tarnation. Sup.
I’d like to bring these words and phrases back into common usage. What would you bring back?
Jant [jænt]. noun. A short trip, taken for pleasure without you.
noun. One and one half dollops.
Challenge to deep thinkers around the world:
Provide a definition of the term poststructuralist that meets the three following simple criteria:
1. Explains what poststructuralism is, rather than what it is not 2. Does not refer to structuralism 3. Is not babbling nonsense
Your adherence to these criteria will be judged by our readers.
What’s the different message of a bumper sticker in the shape of the United States and the label “occupied territory” and a bumper sticker that’s exactly the same but with a label that reads “occupy”? [...]
In response to the posturing of the public relations firms and their fat advertising budgets, I offer the following alternative definition of what it means to be an environmentalist. [...]
el·e·vat·ed adj. raised up, especially above the ground or above the normal level
- Random House Dictionary
el·e·vat·ed adj. the lowest terrorist threat level during the years of 2001-2010
- George W. Bush Administrative Dictionary
If we’re speaking English, an threat level that’s normal can’t be “elevated.” But during the years of the Bush administration, [...]