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Calculating the Incalculable Loss

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

After Brainstorming, And The New Cliche Brainswarming, What’s Next?

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. […]

Bring Them Back

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?

Irregular Dictionary: Jant

Jant [jænt]. noun. A short trip, taken for pleasure without you.


Trollop [trol-uh-p]

noun. One and one half dollops.

Challenge: Define PostStructuralism As Coherent Without Babbling

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.

Can […]

Occupy Grammar

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”? […]

The Definition of Environmentalism

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. […]

Elevated Means Something Again: Terrorist Threat Level Dropped to Zero

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, […]

The Ravening


Hybridized noun, a feeling of desperate, predatory hunger, such as that felt by a monstrous raven, looming over a subdued animal that it intends to enjoy as its next meal.

Ravening is also a t-shirt, featuring a graphic image to fit this irregular definition.

The shirt is made in the U.S.A. because, although we […]

Defining Your Religion

To ponder, while sinking your toes in the hot sand:

What is the definition of the word RELIGION?

…no, don’t go with the definition they’ve got in the printed in the big-bound dictionary. Share the definition as you think the word is actually used, or ought to be used.

How can you tell the difference […]