Tag Archives: language

Name Clash For Gay Student Groups At San Diego Community Colleges

This should provoke some interesting discussion. In San Diego, gay student associations at two community colleges are clashing with administrators over the acronym for their name: FAGS. Members of gay and lesbian clubs at two San Diego community colleges say campus administrators have violated their free speech rights by repeatedly blocking attempts to advertise their shared acronym: FAGS. Frye stands …

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Diagramming Sarah

Over on Slate, grammarian Kitty Burns Florey attempts to diagram this Palin gem: “I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the …

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Okoge

From a Times article about rice cookers: Japanese cooks, however, consider toasted rice overcooked and highly undesirable. The unwanted crust left stuck to the bottom of the rice cooker is called okoge — the same word used as slang for a single woman who spends a lot of time with gay men. And now you know.

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On “Christianists”

I’ve gotten a number of emails inquiring and/or complaining about my use of the word “Christianists” to describe the Christian right. The word’s origin is not, as some have suggested, a portmanteau of “Christian” and “activist”, although that seems a logical conclusion. If I recall correctly, I first saw the term in a 2006 article by Andrew Sullivan in TIME. …

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The Pop Vs. Soda Map

Via Strange Maps, here’s a breakdown of how each county in America tends to refer to carbonated beverages. As the red portion testifies, in the South many people call all soft drinks “Coke.” From last week’s episode of Logo’s Sordid Lives, which I’m loving despite its flaws: Would you like a Coke?Sure!What kind?Dr. Pepper. Right out of my childhood in …

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D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y

Somebody wants to help you. (Via – By The Bayou)

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“Gay” #1 Insult For British Kids

According to a new study, “gay” is most-used insult among students in UK. Every generation of schoolchildren has them, the playground put-downs that can leave a pupil’s reputation in tatters among their peers. For the current generation, “gay”, “bitch” and “slag” are the most frequently used terms of abuse, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers …

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W00t!

The Merriam-Webster word of the year for 2007: w00t! The rest of this year’s top ten: 2. facebook3. conundrum4. quixotic5. blamestorm6. sardoodledom7.apathetic8. Pecksniffian9. hypocrite10. charlatan Last year’s word of the year: truthiness..

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