adopted the word trivia,
looked up 2230
and loved 31
scarequotes commented on the word BJ
Mukbang is a portmanteau word that combines the Korean word for “eat” (muok-da) with the word for “broadcast” (bang song). The top mukbang earners can earn as much as $10,000 a month by some accounts, not including sponsorships. The oddest part of their payment structure is that it’s not pay-per-view, ad-based, or salary-based. Rather, ordinary viewers voluntarily send their favorite BJs (which stands for Broadcasting Jockey, a uniquely Korean use of this acronym) money in the form of “star balloons”—a type of proprietary virtual currency that can be bought and sold with regular fiat cash.
April 21, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word mukbang
I am frequently asked why Koreans are so weird. Just as soon as I think I have an answer, some new trend materializes that subverts all previous theories. Take, for example, mukbang, a uniquely Korean trend of people getting paid to eat large meals in front of a webcam for a live-streaming broadcast. Wow, the future really is now.
scarequotes commented on the word Dadurday
Per a conversation I've had, a Saturday where dad takes the kids to give mom a break.
scarequotes commented on the word wypipo
Why not just say “white people?” Again, because Black people are cool as fuck. Also, just because the terms are derivatives of each other, doesn’t mean they are the same thing. Wypipo are different from White People.
Do tell. How so? Well, first of all, Wypipo say shit like “do tell,” whereas there are a number of white people who would never utter that phrase. To understand fully, you must come to terms with one fact:
Not all white people are wypipo.
The two should not be confused or used interchangeably.
April 19, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word flinking
The boys attached an 8-inch piece of PVC pipe to the front of their SeaPerch that was capable of picking up rings in obstacle course and challenge course events.
They also drilled a number of holes in their SeaPerch, and in the process coined a new word — "flinking."
"It means floating but not sinking," Ben explained.
scarequotes commented on the word envy-peddler
It’s not fair to blame individuals for other people’s wrongdoing. Yet we let envy-peddlers get away with it when unfairly attacking rich people.
scarequotes commented on the word nuggs
(Short for chicken nuggets.)
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS
April 18, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word vanlife
Scroll through the images tagged #vanlife on Instagram and you’ll see plenty of photos that don’t have much to do with vehicles: starry skies, campfires, women in leggings doing yoga by the ocean. Like the best marketing terms, “vanlife” is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job.
scarequotes commented on the word Chella
Short for Coachella.
9:02 p.m. "Chella, how you doing? We've missed you. We do not have the words to say how happy we are to be here," Oliver Sim of The XX first addresses the crowd after a few songs. During the hour-long set, the English band kept mostly to the tunes, adding simple, yet sincere commentary like Romy Croft's admitting that she was "a bit nervous." Yet, one of the most stand-out parts of their show was when Croft took the mic for a solo performance of, fittingly, "Performance." — Taylor Weatherby
April 16, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word sunnies
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then apparently nothing makes me feel more glamorous than HIDING my soul behind cheap sunglasses. I have been known to call sunnies season selfie season because once I have the right pair, I become incapable of NOT taking pictures of myself in them literally every second. The pair featured in all but one of these pictures is the pair of sunglasses I have been looking for since my Entirely Cliche Holly Golightly Obsession at 14, and they can be had on Amazon for just $9.99! I Which is very important, because the only thing I do more often than take selfies of my sunnies is lose them.
April 15, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word flameless cremation
Technically called “alkaline hydrolysis,” the process of using nothing more than water, heat, and a small amount of chemicals to break down a body is also known as “bio-cremation,” “resomation,” or simply, “flameless cremation.”
April 13, 2017
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scarequotes commented on the word climaphobe
Their latest track ‘Lifetimes’ is a hip-hop flavoured number, inspired by seeing Drake live. It even has Anthony doing a spot of rapping or, as he puts it, doing a “pathetic white-boy rap.” He’s being very harsh on himself. It’s also a track centred on climate change, and the pair think they invented a new word in the process of writing it: “climaphobe.” “Is it a word?” Anthony asks. Josephine is straight on to Google. Apparently “climacophobia” is the fear of climbing, but there’s no such thing as a “climaphobe.” Yet.
scarequotes commented on the word lunch shaming
Desert Cove is a relatively affluent school — only 32.1 percent of the students there qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. So it's easy to imagine that singling out students whose account balances are low could be a traumatizing experience for them.
"Lunch shaming" can lead students to skip meals altogether, one Houston-based nonprofit found.
April 12, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word computer move
Computer analysis discourages risk-taking; humans tend to have a psychological resistance to retreating, whereas algorithms don’t even possess the concept of “backwards.” As we learn from these machines, we also adopt their tendencies. The term “computer moves,” when it isn’t simply an accusation of foul play, is often used to denote moves that are far-sighted and counterintuitive. I’ve also seen it used to refer to moves that are tedious, uninspired, or oppressively safe. There seems to be a tinge of old-man nostalgia to this attitude: Sure, the kids these days can beat us, but where’s their sense of style?
April 6, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Pottery Barn rule
Powell’s Pottery Barn rule—“you break it, you own it”—is one of the iconic rhetorical flourishes of the Iraq War era, representing warnings ignored and unintended consequences unleashed. It turns out that the Pottery Barn rule is neither Powell’s nor Pottery Barn’s, as the following exchange with interviewer Walter Isaacson made clear.
April 5, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word nappiness
Scientists have discovered a link between happiness and short naps. And they have coined a new word to describe the contented state that follows a brief daytime doze: nappiness.
scarequotes commented on the word amab
And I’m talking about AFAB (Assigned Female At Birth) and AMAB (Assigned Male At Birth) people, never mind transgender folks. And when you add intersex people into the mix, there isn’t even a reliable or easily identifiable binary when referring to “biological sex.”
April 1, 2017
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scarequotes commented on the word fempowerment
But Agrawal is just the latest in a string of female company founders and CEOs, from Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso to Arianna Huffington and Ivanka Trump, whose business practices don’t entirely match the narrative of empowerment (or “fempowerment”) that they put forth publicly. And all these stories raise the question: Is it possible to be a committed feminist and a committed capitalist at the same time? And why are we still so surprised when these women — who have built brands on saying the things we want to hear — turn out to be just as flawed as their male peers?
March 27, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word shamehole
One of my special skills is identifying and remediating shameholes. I wish I had taken an "after" photo of this under-desk nook, because it is now a thing of beauty. Nearly every library has a space that looks like this. I also cleaned out the closet.
scarequotes commented on the word cinnamon word
For my book Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve, I created a computer program to sort through thousands of books by the most revered and popular authors to find out their “cinnamon words” – relatively rare words that a particular writer uses often. Obviously every author used function words such as “the” and “from” at a high rate, and basic adjectives like “big” or “fast”, but cinnamon words are the words that each author uses disproportionately compared with other writers.
March 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word dirtbag left
Frost moved to New York City in 2013 to play in a punk band and write music reviews, blogging for the website Dangerous Minds. But she turned to political Twitter and to writing research-driven criticism for Jacobin and other publications, working for the Democratic Socialists of America as secretary for a time. An empty room opened in her Bed-Stuy apartment, and Felix Biederman, who went on to cofound Chapo Trap House, moved in. Frost became a regular podcast guest. In a tweet, she coined the moniker “Dirtbag Left” to describe her crew, a piquant alternative to James Wolcott’s.
March 24, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word alt-left
In a recent column for Vanity Fair, the writer James Wolcott lumped many of these types of publications and their writers under the label “alt-left,” joining them to the Trumpian alt-right under the banner of their mutual discontent with Obama and Clinton, as well as what he called a desire for a “climactic reckoning.” “They’re not kissin’ cousins,” Wolcott wrote, “but they caterwaul some of the same tunes in different keys.”
scarequotes commented on the word pawternity
Puppies need time to settle into their new home and bond with their owners. They've probably just been taken from their mothers and introduced to a brand new environment, so there's likely to be a lot of crying. And that's before you can even think about house-training.
As it turns out, some companies sympathise with this transition and offer what's known as "pawternity leave." In fact, research from Petplan found that 5% of owners have been offered paid leave from their job to adjust to their pet owning duties.
scarequotes commented on the word curvespo
Curvespo inspires women to embrace their curves. Most of the pages I viewed showed healthy, curvy women. Although there is the alternative which showcases extremely obese women who are aiming to weigh over 500lbs. I would call that more of a fetish lifestyle, and not the purpose of Curvespo.
scarequotes commented on the word bonespo
What type of inspiration pics do it for you? Do you ultimately want to be thin, fit, or v thin like bonespo? Or just bmi healthy?
scarequotes commented on the word brownfield
NEW SENSE: COMPANIES THAT PREDATE THE INTERNET
When we think of digital, we rarely think of brownfields, those large organisations that predate the Internet. We usually think of Amazon, or Uber, or Netflix: companies with digital at their core, which grew to take advantage of it. That makes sense, in a way. As a rule, brownfields have over time accumulated established ways of doing things, and often a large and change-resistant bureaucracy.
March 22, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word she-eo
Agrawal, who responded to initial reports that she was out as CEO by saying she remained the “SHE-eo,” wrote a post on Medium to address the Racked and Jezebel stories: “MY THINX RIDE” is “a personal statement from me, Miki, as a human being, not as a representative of THINX,” in which she explains that she “was maniacally focused on top and bottom line growth and on our mission to break the taboo … Like any Co-Founder/CEO, all I did was the best I could under these crazy circumstances. Yes, I have made a TON of mistakes along the way but I can proudly say that our company has grown from an idea in my head to an innovation that is worn by millions of satisfied women globally in a few short years.”
March 20, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word airpocalypse
They say this could threaten the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 which will take place across a large geographical area. In their view it poses a greater threat to these future games, than dirty air did to the summer games in 2008.
"Had the Chinese government not reduced emissions as much as they did in the last four years we would have seen the same or worse airpocalypse events," said Prof Wang.
March 16, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word democide
Are you Joe Public? One of America’s more than 94 million permanently unemployed? A doctor, truck driver, or other worker at risk of technological unemployment? Then you, Joe, had best learn a new word: Democide.
What’s “democide?” It’s the killing of people by a government most often based on their socioeconomic status.
March 12, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word twag
Tech nerds are now landing highly desirable actresses and models, and the Sun says a new word (maybe more a British term) has sprung up to describe these celebrity females who hook up with these men. These tech wives and girlfriends are called “twags.”
Being a twag is a “thing,” judging by the fact that there are a number of high-profile “twags” out there, as the Sun outlines.
Probably most high profile twag is Miranda Kerr, the Australian Victoria’s Secret model and ex-wife of Orlando Bloom. She’s engaged to Evan Spiegel, the 26-year-old billionaire founder of the Snapchat mobile app.
March 11, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word sheconomy
The "sheconomy" appeared as a new word in China in 2007 and refers to the new economy resulting from a rise in female consumers.
Over the past 10 years, the sheconomy has played significant role in boosting China's consumer market in sectors such as e-commerce, tourism, medical cosmetology as well as vocational education.
March 9, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word quaffle
The retail location serves Anchorhead's coffee, from espresso to bottled and cold brew on draft, plus beer and wine in the evenings. In the morning, look for pastries from Salmon Berry Goods that are baked in-house: sausage-fennel scones, bacon biscuits, cardamom buns. There's also a "quaffle," baked to order, which is constructed of a croissant dough that's rolled like a cinnamon roll, smashed on the waffle iron, and served with maple syrup.
March 6, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word gransploitation
I’m intrigued a little by The Visit, though, and might end up watching it after all because I love gransploitation movies. It’s a pretty small sub-niche of horror involving sinister grannies and grandpas, usually as a joke but not always. They make for some scary flicks sometimes because the specter of aging and death is always terrifying to a young audience. Throw in a few witch metaphors and you have yourself a horror movie.
March 4, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hagsploitation
The 1962 Robert Aldrich film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” reinvigorated Crawford’s career, along with that of Davis, her co-star. It also spawned the dubious “hagsploitation” genre, which is exactly what the word conjures. There is a visceral thrill in watching these aged divas and older cinematic titans hash it out in horror rather than be regulated to playing bloodless, supporting roles far beneath their talents. Films like “Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (1964), starring Davis and Olivia de Havilland (in a role originally meant for Crawford) let these actresses form fascinating roles, and often disregard the rigorous expectations of beauty in order to deconstruct their own images in a metatextual manner. But the films in this genre often look down upon the leading characters rather than empathizing with them. In the last few years of Crawford’s career we see this strain of pure Grand Guignol. In films like 1964’s “Strait-Jacket” and 1970’s “Trog” (her final screen appearance), Crawford is positioned as a punchline.
March 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word grocerant
The concept of blending a restaurant experience with the grocery experience has been around for decades, according to self-described “supermarket guru” and food service analyst Phil Lempert. But the changing perspectives millennials and generation Z-ers have toward food and shopping are pushing more supermarkets to make their stores feel more like experiential food destinations than mere shopping markets. Analysts like Lempert predict that these “grocerants” will become the new standard for grocery stores in the more health-conscience future.
February 28, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word boogeler
Police said in a Facebook post that boogeling is the act of going out at night and looking for unlocked cars or garages to enter and steal from. Police also said that they knew what boogeling was, they just didn’t know it had a name.
Layton Police Sergeant Clint Brobowski told Fox 13 that the “boogelers” entered the homes through unlocked doors and even through unsecured doggy doors.
February 21, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word boogeling
Police said in a Facebook post that boogeling is the act of going out at night and looking for unlocked cars or garages to enter and steal from. Police also said that they knew what boogeling was, they just didn’t know it had a name.
Layton Police Sergeant Clint Brobowski told Fox 13 that the “boogelers” entered the homes through unlocked doors and even through unsecured doggy doors.
scarequotes commented on the word blorange
Enter the perfect winter pastel: Blorange, which is—you guessed it—blonde + orange. Created by the empress of crazy AF hair colors, Bleach London's Alex Brownsell, her test subject was none other than Georgia May Jagger who has become her dye-job guinea pig of sorts.
scarequotes commented on the word gen real
So-called 'gen real' (that’s generation Z to the unacquainted) currently constitutes 35% of the world’s population and will soon make up four in every 10 consumers in the world’s largest markets.
February 17, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word glassbowl
Rhyming synonym for "asshole" in a public forum.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. What the H?! No, any manager who isn’t a complete and utter glassbowl is not going to start feeling that FMLA is being abused if the employee who has properly requested it actually uses it.
February 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word SCROTUS
First use? Elayne Boosler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElayneBoosler/status/797658318411960324
1/20/17, when our classy POTUS & FLOTUS are replaced by SCROTUS and HOTUS. #nevertrump
From Dec 15 2016, "Supremely Corruptible Ruler of the United States"
I have been reminded of Roger Boisjoly recently as I see our current President-Elect crossing some ethical lines that others have not crossed in the past and I worry that we are taking baby steps in a very dangerous direction. I fear that instead of choosing the next President of the United States (POTUS), the electoral college is about to vote for a man who could become known as SCROTUS - Supremely Corruptible Ruler of the United States.
scarequotes commented on the word meanspo
Sarah was open about what she viewed as the most dangerous aspect of the pro-anorexia subculture: "meanspo." You might've heard the term "thinspo" -- people posting pictures of incredibly skinny models, celebrities, etc., as inspiration to keep up with their weight loss. Meanspo is its even uglier cousin: Users can request to have someone basically shit-talk them into keeping their diet:
February 12, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word ab crack
Forget the thigh gap; there's a new, pretty much impossible fitness standard sweeping the world (or, um, Instagram). It's the ab crack. Picture every swimsuit model you can, or Bella Hadid and Jasmine Tookes. Do they have a line going down their abs? That's an ab crack.
scarequotes commented on the word ace
You can be asexual even if you've had sex. I know, it sounds strange, but having sex doesn't mean you can't be asexual. Some aces are curious. Some aces think it's what they're supposed to do. And some aces even like it.
February 7, 2017
It just so happens, NOHUMP, that plenty of asexuals (aka "aces"), identified as L, G, or B before realizing they were more of an A. Julia Sondra Decker, asexuality activist and author of The Invisible Orientation, gives some context:
scarequotes commented on the word pooner
pooner = someone who pays for sex — same as a john?
February 1, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word pooning
"pooning" = seeing sex workers/paying for sex
scarequotes commented on the word Calicadia
The timing is right to drop the name Washington. Washington, D.C. has plans to steal it. Plus, we couldn’t very well be named after an American president if we become Canadians. What about the name that was almost ours, Columbia? British Columbia might have something to say about that name — as they might South British Columbia. We could become the province of Cascadia or Calicadia.
January 29, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word middlescence
As a middlescent you are living through a time of growth and change—you may complain to one another that your body is morphing -it takes more time, energy and attention to cultivate your vitality. You know you aren’t young anymore and you also aren’t old in any way shape or form. Your relationships will certainly be shifting...sound anything like the life stage of your daughters—adolescence?
No surprise. The stage you are in, Middlescence, may be best understood as something akin to a second adolescence, but with wisdom. Between the ages of about 45-65, middlescence is marked by an increased ambition to find or create meaning in your life. Often accompanied by physical, social and economic changes, it is a turning point from which you continue to develop and grow—yes there is so much life to be had and learning to come!
January 20, 2017
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scarequotes commented on the word ishell
Alternate spelling of "as hell" — or a new word meaning that same thing.
January 18, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word finsta
You may be wondering, what the heck is a “finsta”? No, it’s not the latest new app. Finsta refers to a fake Instagram account. Just add “F” to “Instagram” for “Finstagram” and shorten that to “Finsta”.
A finsta is a second Instagram account used for sharing with a smaller circle of followers. A finsta is usually a private Instagram account. While a teen’s primary account might also be private, a finsta is for close friends only. Only your BFF’s, your baes. (I can imagine my teen daughter cringing as she reads this – if she reads this!)
scarequotes commented on the word Smurfette syndrome
Appearing at the TCAs, Witherspoon got candid about Hollywood's so-called "Smurfette Syndrome," wherein she was frequently the sole woman in the room. "For 25 years, I've been the only woman on set, so I had no other women to talk to ... They call it 'Smurfette Syndrome.' Because she's got a hundred Smurfs around her and she's the only girl," she explained.
January 16, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word docbuster
That’s how I’d describe 2016’s purest film heroes. This year, we cemented a new genre: the docbuster, which regales audiences with brave tales of real-life modern men. Docbusters first bleeped on the radar when Lone Survivor and American Sniper were shock hits. This year, we had four: Sully, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Deepwater Horizon, and Patriots Day, two of which reteamed Lone Survivor star Mark Wahlberg with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg, and all of which took recent-ish headlines and simplified them, and their idealized saviors, into a satisfying adventure where the good guys win—or, at least, make it clear who’s to blame. Docbusters are strangely soothing bedtime stories that whisper yes, the world is cruel and dangerous, but everything’s going to be OK if a competent white man is in charge.
January 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word traumedy
Honestly, though, the specifics of Flaked are less curious to me than the larger trend of which Flaked is a part. These shows—which the Transparent writers have dubbed “traumedies”—are, as Rosenberg says, what pass for prestige in the world of comedy these days. Why then are they so sporadically comedic? I do not mean these shows aren’t sometimes funny, though they are more often “funny.” But they are distinct from sitcoms in that their relationship to humor is at will. Sometimes they will try to be funny, and more often they will not. (This is why I have not lumped You’re the Worst or Master of None in with this trend, though they abut it. Both of those shows contain jokes.)
December 20, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word cratedigger
That addiction lasted a long time too. When I worked on Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor album at Warner Bros. Records in 2005, I obsessed over her song “Hung Up,” which I recognized contained a sample of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” I risked mesothelioma in some dank basement in Brooklyn to find their single “The King Has Lost His Crown” because “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” was the B-side. Keep in mind I didn’t own a turntable until five years after I started cratedigging because I wanted a “collection” first. I was constantly on the chase to acquire; lifting the needle to hear my discoveries was ancillary. That’s my story, and every cratedigger has one.
December 5, 2016
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scarequotes commented on the word crate digging
Digging crates is an art. It demands practice, knowledge and commitment. You need patience and the eye of a hawk to spot the good stuff. Fear not, grasshopper, I’m here to guide you on your crate digging adventures so you can find all the treasures you desire for your record collection.
scarequotes commented on the word trumpenproletariat
To aid with the anthropological project, The New York Times recently was kind enough to provide befuddled liberals with a reading list to explain the trumpenproletariat.
November 29, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word fempathy
Manxiety needs fempathy: in defence of mansplaining
November 28, 2016
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scarequotes commented on the word thanksliving
Many people have referred to a recently coined term “thanksliving” in both secular and sacred ways. With the Thanksgiving holiday recently passed, now would be a good time to examine our everyday lives to see if they reflect an attitude of gratefulness to our Creator. Second Timothy 3:2-5 recites a lengthy list of common sins that will characterize mankind in the end times. We find “ungrateful” (unthankful) in the list.
November 27, 2016
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November 26, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word leftovurrito
What you want is a way to eat leftovers that gives you all the flavor of Thanksgiving with a minimum of muss and fuss. Reader, I have the solution: the Thanksgiving leftovurrito.
November 25, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word dinovember
Welcome to Dinovember
A month-long imagination invasion.
Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life.
scarequotes commented on the word Blacksonian
The Smithsonian’s brand-new, long-gestating National Museum of African American History and Culture opened two weekends ago to enormous lines, a swell of starry, prominent Americans and a poignant speech by the president. We both visited in the first weeks and were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the space itself and the story that the museum — the Blacksonian, if you will (and, boy, will we!) — tells about the founding and development of this country.
November 15, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Trumpocene
So I’d like to also propose the idea of an impending new epoch – the Trumpocene – that in the spirit of the era itself is based solely on a few thoughts held loosely together with hyperlinks and a general feeling of malaise.
In the Trumpocene, the epoch-defining impacts of climate change are nothing more than a conspiracy. Even if these impacts are real, then they’re probably good for us.
November 14, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Pasokification
Across the Western world, the traditional left is in crisis. In Germany, support for the Social Democratic Party, once a cornerstone of mainstream politics that led six postwar governments, has fallen below 20 percent. In France, François Hollande’s approval ratings recently reached a mind-boggling low of 4 percent, while the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party has seen its support drop by almost half in less than a decade. The decline of Pasok, Greece’s main social-democratic party, which fell from winning elections to ratings of under 5 percent in less than a decade, was so rapid that it spawned a new word, “Pasokification,” for the collapse of traditional center-left parties. Even in Scandinavia, once-invincible parties of social democracy have been hit by increasingly disaffected voters, as right-wing populists stoke anxiety about immigration and its impact on the welfare state.
November 11, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word whitelash
Acknowledging many voters were rebelling against a system they felt had failed them, Jones said there were ugly racial sentiments at work as well.
"This was a whitelash against a changing country," Jones said. "It was whitelash against a black president in part. And that's the part where the pain comes."
November 9, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word freakomendation
Paul's been posting freakomendations, which are "unusual recommendations" (that's a bit of an understatement given your examples, Paul!)
John Scalzi posted that Amazon's recommender suggested that he might like The Last Colony, a book he wrote!
This is not necessarily a freakomendation, because it seems pretty likely that John would read books that the people who read The Last Colony had read, and by that measure the Amazon recommender worked pretty well. But, as you can see from the comments for that postings, doing things like this calls the quality of all of the recommendations into question. This is probably unfair to Amazon's recommender, but that's what you're (which is to say "we're") up against when building recommender systems.
November 8, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word chef kiss
The "chef kiss" is the standard online reaction to any #content with such strong pleasing or horrifying characteristics that it is delicious. It could be a legitimately funny news headline, or it could be the absolute mess of bad politics, internet harassment, racism, and dead celebrities that is the year two-thousand-sixteen.
November 5, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word hxstory
The list of demands ends with a lengthy denunciation of WWU’s marginalization of “hxstorically oppressed students.” The misspelling is intentional: “hxstory,” I presume, was judged to be more PC than “history,” which is gendered, triggering, and perhaps violent. It’s easy for me to laugh at these clumsy attempts to make language obey the dictates of political correctness—but I laugh from a position of relative safety, since I am not a WWU professor.
November 4, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word telepressure
An investigation by The Atlantic has revealed that this is an exceedingly normal behavior. A 2013 study by the American Psychological Association found that more than half of all workers surveyed checked their work messages, including texts, emails, and voicemails, from smartphones or other home devices. A 2014 survey by Gallup found that nearly 80 percent of respondents view the ability to continue working from home in a “strongly positive” or “somewhat positive” light. In fact, this tendency has become so widespread that, by 2014, researchers had coined a new word to describe the stress it causes: telepressure. Whether employees check their email from home is likely to vary depending on the nature of their job. Abedin’s work—that of an elite political professional—is certainly the kind that typically necessitates lots of emailing, at any time, from anywhere.
November 2, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word inpa
South Dakota's general election next week marks a turning point in the state's history. The term "inpa" becomes a must-know expression in our political language.
Inpa is short for Independent/No Party Affiliation. South Dakota heads into the Nov. 8 election with record numbers of inpa and Republican registered voters.
scarequotes commented on the word going flat
While plastic surgeons and oncologists aggressively promote breast reconstruction as a way for women to “feel whole again,” some doctors say they are beginning to see resistance to the surgery. Patients like Ms. Bowers are choosing to defy medical advice and social convention and remain breastless after breast cancer. They even have a name for the decision to skip reconstruction: They call it “going flat.”
November 1, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word millennipreneur
Entrepreneurship, a.k.a. quitting our perfectly stable traditional jobs with a steady paycheck and benefits to be our own boss, is rampant in the millennial generation. There’s even a new word for us: millennipreneurs.
scarequotes commented on the word reformicon
The chasm that opened first was intellectual: The neocon movement, which was, in essence, the brain trust of the latter Bush, “has broken off,” Berkowitz said. The next fissure appears to be generational: The so-called reformicons—a priesthood of intellectual Gen X-ers who have been trying to recalibrate Reagan’s vision for the conditions of the 21st century—are at the very heart of the agonized intraparty conflict. On one hand, they’ve often been seen as the potential ideological future of the party. On the other, a resoundingly loud majority of their electorate, the very people for whom they were tending the flame, have roundly rejected their vision.
October 28, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word niglet
I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.” The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
October 22, 2016
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scarequotes commented on the word shaftedfreude
When the UK voted to leave the European Union, and the luminaries of the Leave campaign abandoned their responsibilities like rats from a tired metaphor, the people who voted Remain began to experience a curious emotion. An emotion which had until then been nameless.
The word that has been coined to describe this feeling is:
October 13, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Dutch reach
“The Dutch Reach is a practice where instead of using your near hand — usually the driver’s left hand — to open your car door, you use your far hand. Your right hand,” Charney told The World. “In doing that, you automatically swivel your body. And you position your head and shoulders so you are looking directly out. First, past the rearview mirror. And then, you are very easily able to look back and see if there are oncoming bicycles or cars or whatever.”
October 11, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word momcom
But as studios attempted to rework the romantic comedy, a new genre emerged. Call it the Comedy of Unplanned Pregnancy. The Oops, I had a baby! movie. The momcom. Classic romcoms, and the screwball comedies that came before them, presented love as a battle of the sexes that was also a battle of wits. Men and women sparred verbally until they negotiated a kind of marriage contract they both could agree upon. The audience, meanwhile, got to participate vicariously in this public debate about how a relationship should be. In contemporary momcoms, though, love can only happen by chance. An independent career woman accidentally gets pregnant, which leads to the formation of a couple that would never have formed otherwise.
September 26, 2016
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September 14, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word mufgel
While it doesn't quite roll off the tongue the way "cronut" does, and isn't as photogenic as the rainbow bagel, the mufgel is the new hybrid pastry on the block. The mufgel is part bagel, part muffin and is the Franken-carb du jour at Williamsburg's The Bagel Store, the world's most viral bagel purveyor.
August 17, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word chork
Well folks, there’s a new sheriff in town, and its name is “chork.” This Frankenstein’s monster of hybrid cutlery features a fork on one end and chopsticks on the other. It’s a perfect solution for the many Americans who start their meal with chopsticks, get frustrated halfway through, and ditch them for a fork.
scarequotes commented on the word hotdoguero
So what's so good about a Sonoran dog? Mesquite-smoked bacon elevates a humble hot dog from ho hum to mouth watering. The smoky southwest flavor is nestled in a fresh bolillo roll that creates a soft little boat for the dog. Then you load that sucker up with all sorts of toppings to taste, as each hot dog cart has its own special flair. Or stick with the original when the hotdoguero asks, "Con todo?" Pinto beans, tomatoes, onions, and mayo. Why mess with perfection?
July 1, 2016
The vendor, referred to as the hotdoguero loads the hot dog onto a bun and passes it to the customer to garnish with a wide variety of sauces. Ketchup, mustard and mayo are standard, along with salsa verde and aji, an Ecuadorian hot sauce that's made with red chiles, onion, lime, cilantro and tamarillo (a slightly sweet, tangy fruit native to South America).
scarequotes commented on the word salt daddy
June 26, 2016
Not so for many young women. Some end up with what SA brands a “Splenda daddy” (a well-meaning man lacking the means to be a real daddy) or a “salt daddy” (a manipulative fuck, or worse), like the man my friend Laura met.
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scarequotes commented on the word scampaign
Within just a few hours after the term was coined, #Scampaign was trending on Twitter in Washington, DC.
June 22, 2016
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scarequotes commented on the word Tinderella
Greg Algie, co-owner of the Fainting Goat, a popular Washington first-date destination, has witnessed more than one Tinderella arrive, get a glimpse of the person they’re supposed to meet — and head right back out the door.
June 11, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word belwhal
In the 1980s, researchers discovered a whale skull in West Greenland that looked suspiciously like a beluga-narwhal mashup. Since then, hunters have spotted the hybrid creatures in chilly Arctic waters. Apparently, beluga whales and narwhals produce offspring with big, burly heads — but, sadly, no tusks. (We drew one in anyway.)
While belwhal is a worthwhile contender, narluga is hard to beat. It captures the distinctive sounds of both animals’ names — the nar- of narwhal and the -luga of beluga — and sounds pretty mellifluous to boot. Try it yourself: Narluuuuuuuuga!
June 8, 2016
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scarequotes commented on the word polargrizz
Many names have cropped up over the years: pizzly-grizzly, polargrizz, and nanulak (a combination of the Inuit nanuk, polar bear, and aklak, grizzly bear). But recent headlines show pizzly vs. grolar is where the debate lies today. Though pizzly is pretty fun, Google Trends shows grolar is currently winning the popularity prize.
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scarequotes commented on the word pizzly
Climate change is one strange matchmaker. Warmer temperatures have led to shifting habitats and shifting mating habits. And occasionally, when two bears collide, the result is neither grizzly nor polar, but pizzly.
scarequotes commented on the word grolar
Or should I say grolar?
scarequotes commented on the word mathwashing
Mathwashing can be thought of using math terms (algorithm, model, etc.) to paper over a more subjective reality. For example, a lot of people believed Facebook was using an unbiased algorithm to determine its trending topics, even if Facebook had previously admitted that humans were involved in the process.
scarequotes commented on the word dignicide
Boudewijn Chabot (de Einder) disclosed the name of the patient whose death 25 years ago brought him into conflict with the Dutch Supreme Court and opened the way for help for psychiatric patients. He is now using the term ”dignicide” (which my spell checker is rejecting) as the word promoted by some to describe a self-selected rational and dignified death.
May 27, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word sustainatarian
The simplistic option was to classify myself as a vegetarian. But this really wasn’t accurate – or satisfying. It didn’t truly capture my beliefs or actual stance. I did some thinking on it – for a good while. Finally, a word popped into my head. I tried the word in a search engine and, to my delight, I got results! It was a real word. A real thing.
May 22, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word reducetarian
It’s a challenge for such habitual meat-eaters to drop their burgers cold in favor of broccoli, but the good news is that reducetarians don’t have to. While the ideal is to eat as little meat as possible, even cutting back by a limited amount confers health and environmental benefits. In other words, reducetarians (Kateman and Alterman invented the word) attempt to reduce the overall amount of meat in their diets, but don’t beat themselves up over the occasional T-bone steak or chicken salad sandwich.
scarequotes commented on the word racemoji
Last year, the hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, debated whether white people can use darker skin tones when sending emoji, or if that amounts to cultural appropriation. At the time, the new racemoji had just launched on the iPhone.
May 9, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word textalyzer
We're all familiar with the Breathalyzer, the brand name for a roadside device that measures a suspected drunken driver's blood-alcohol level. It has been in use for decades. Now there's a so-called "textalyzer" device to help the authorities determine whether someone involved in a motor vehicle accident was unlawfully driving while distracted.
April 28, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word poke cake
So, what’s a poke cake?
True to its name, it’s a cake that you poke holes in after baking. The holes are then filled with a liquid or filling — like condensed milk, pureed fruit, chocolate cream, or pudding — to infuse extra flavor into every bite. Here are 15 ways to make one.
April 27, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word greasy
Yes, at this point I found myself in an odd place, one that I never guessed I might visit: a fairly crowded Twitter canoe with a bunch of pissed-off Michael Rapaport fans. In situations like this, I've found the best way to de-escalate the situation is to act like a friendly tourist lost in an unfamiliar country. So, I asked them what "talking greasy" meant. The response: "Talking sh*t. It's Rapaspeak." The ice was broken.
April 15, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word trumor
Definition: A rumor that turns out to be, well, you know.
Sample usage: “I didn’t believe the speculation that the Kardashians were bringing out a line of high-quality violin bow rosin, but it was a trumor!”
April 13, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word raindrop cake
Though it looks more like a paperweight or a shiny marble than a sweet treat, a new Japanese dessert is going viral. Touted as the "Raindrop Cake," the confection is basically glorified Jell-O, but that's not stopping the social media masses from freaking out about it. The glass-like dessert has become so popular in Japan that some are saying it has reached Cronut status. And now it's coming to the U.S. by way of New York.
April 9, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word sponcon
But if you’re not Steven Levy, why are you recommending that ad? Did you not know it was sponsored content? Are you somehow benefiting from that recommendation financially? You are stretching the consumer/advertiser relationship by injecting that sponcon into your followers’ reading list.
April 6, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word 1488er
Anything associated as closely with racism and bigotry as the alternative right will inevitably attract real racists and bigots. Calmer members of the alternative right refer darkly to these people as the “1488ers,” and for all their talk of there being “no enemies to the right,” it’s clear from the many conversations we’ve had with alt-righters that many would rather the 1488ers didn’t exist.
April 2, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word antech
The likes of Thomas and other antique collectors have even developed a new word to describe the old technology such as VHS tapes now becoming collectables - antech.
Thomas added: "We feel that these antech items – or antechs – will only become more valuable investments to collectors as time goes on.
"It might sound strange that something like the VHS is defined as an antech, but when they can command thousands of pounds on account of their rarity, that's exactly what they are."
March 31, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Islamonausea
We should stop using Muslims’ self-chosen word — “Islamophobia” — by which they paint themselves into a corner of being feared: it destroys communication. Instead of such a divisive term, we should insert a more approachable and factual word that preserves opportunities for bridge-building and learning: “Islamonausea.” This does not render communication impossible, but enables visitors to our Western cultures to notice aspects of their behavior that make us sick.
scarequotes commented on the word LoBu
From "Lower Burnside"
March 30, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Ameriphobe
I’d like to introduce a new word into the American conversation—”Ameriphobe”
I would define “Ameriphobe” as a person who would act in the best interests of foreigners at the expense of his fellow Americans. Ameriphobes can be conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat.
scarequotes commented on the word chamoy
It's hard to describe Dorilocos using words. The recipe starts with Nacho Cheese Doritos, which are then topped with a variety of ingredients: cueritos (pickled pork rinds), small batons of jicama, cubed cucumber, grated carrots, peanuts (most often described by the vendors as japonés, the ones with the crunchy, soy sauce-flavored shell), gummy bears, lime juice, chili powder, salsa Valentina or another hot sauce, and chamoy, an addictive sweet-salty-sour sauce made from pickled fruit. It's outrageous.
March 29, 2016
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scarequotes commented on the word creaster
See also Chreaster, apparently a more common spelling.
March 23, 2016
Very recently I was introduced to a church-word I had never heard before. The new word, now part of my professional lexicon, is “Creasters.” Like a celebrity mash-up, it is a morphing of two words: “Christmas,” and “Easter.”
This word refers to people who attend church on those two annual high holy days, but otherwise stay away. The word may be new, but the concept is not. The previous phrase of choice was “C-&-E Christians.” Creasters (unlike their C-&-E predecessors) are young adults, primarily Gen Xers and younger. So, why is it that people are staying away from institutionalized religion except for twice annually? And, is there anything the traditional Church can do to entice them to return?
scarequotes commented on the word Blaxican
Much of this has to do with the fact that biracial identity in the United States has often been understood in terms of black and white. And to the extent that labels are helpful for quickly self-identifying, they don't always exist for the diversity of racial possibilities that mixed Americans increasingly want to see recognized. When it comes to mixed-race in America, Mexican-American author Richard Rodriguez has written, we rely on an "old vocabulary — black, white," but, "we are no longer a black-white nation."
This may be why in LA, many young people who are both black and Mexican are turning to a handy word to describe themselves: "Blaxican."
March 8, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word zapponian
The young, diverse staff, heavy on neon-tinted hair and nose rings, cheers when Tony Hsieh, the company’s longtime CEO, announces that everyone will get a paid vacation day on Feb. 29 in honor of leap year. They give a standing ovation to a worker in shipping who raps passionately about the company, offer a rousing send-off to a longtime “Zapponian” who’s leaving the company, and take in a surprise Cirque du Soleil performance, complete with a cameo appearance by Zappos’s signature box.
March 7, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word shredlage
Shredlage is technically a trademarked product consisting of corn silage which has been cut at 26 to 30 mm with the stalks “shredded” by a shredlage processor. It’s believed that by processing the stalk in such a way, rumen fermentation is enhanced, thus optimizing feed efficiency.
March 6, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word clitzpah
I just posted a new word on the Physician Moms Facebook group and was told that I should send it to you. I got tired of hearing “She’s got balls,” so I made up a new word, clitzpah (klit-spe) noun: a woman with guts!
Origin of clitzpah: clitoris (kli-te-res) noun: an organ of the female genitalia, the purpose of which is purely to bring women pleasure, and chutzpah (hu̇t-spe) noun: a Yiddish term for courage bordering on arrogance.
February 24, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word hopium
Allow us to expand your financial lexicon with a new word: "hopium." This is a drug favored by permabulls who ignore fundamental data in favor of illusory hope. Hopium seems to be fueling the rises lately in the energy sector and broader markets.
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scarequotes commented on the word heli-hiking
Consider the swanky Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah, rehab of choice for celebrities such as Demi Moore and Lindsay Lohan. For a reported $1,000 per day, patients heal through heli-hiking (“Alcohol and drug rehab takes on a different perspective at 10,000 feet!”) and can take on the largest indoor ropes course “anywhere in the alcohol and drug rehab industry.” As far as I can tell, there have been few randomized trials on the efficacy of heli-hiking for alcoholism. And if you’re choosing an addiction treatment program based on the size of its ropes course, you probably haven’t hit rock bottom.
February 23, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word mootz
In New Haven, pizza is “apizza” (ah-BEETS), cheese is “mootz” and “plain” means no mootz, just sauce.
February 18, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Disneybounder
Sterling was spotting Disneybounders, people who dress to evoke a particular Disney character without crossing the line into costume territory. The lady in the cool coat was channeling Peter Pan’s nemesis Captain Hook. The girl in the turquoise jumpsuit was Princess Jasmine, the royal love interest in the film Aladdin.
February 15, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Disneybounding
Sterling, a 24-year-old southern California native, and her boyfriend Leo Camacho are popular bloggers in Disneybounding’s enthusiastic online community. They were Disneybounding that day as Aladdin characters—Sterling was the titular hero, Camacho, the evil Jafar. They are like the Brangelina of a very specific world, one in which a dress that echoes Minnie Mouse is a better get than a designer handbag.
scarequotes commented on the word NARP
ME: Wait. Really? I have like 30.
BROOKE: OMG!! 30?? Only NARPs have less than 150.
ME: What the hell is a NARP?
BROOKE: Nonathletic Regular Person. NARP.
ME: Ah. So…I’m basic?
February 12, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word innoganda
But further investigation showed that the video was nothing more than a beautiful piece of “innoganda” — innovation propaganda describing an effort that had little hope of driving any material impact.
February 4, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word clitrash
The Sanders campaign’s critics had plenty of material to work with beyond those blithely condescending columns. They could throw in a bunch of bottom-feeding social media sexists, like the poster in a pro-Sanders Facebook group who called Hillary “clitrash.” The campaign also made its own gendered gaffes, including the smug statement that Bernie was “willing to consider” Hillary for veep. Finally, there’s the tendency of online Sanders supporters to call Clinton fans corporate-shilling “Hillary bots” and to argue that journalists are “auditioning for jobs with the Clinton White House.” Put it all together, and you have a perfectly reasonable (though not unimpeachable, and certainly not universal) argument that Bernie has a little bit of a Bro problem.
scarequotes commented on the word endemic advertising
The subtle genius of HGTV’s empire is its mastery of “endemic advertising”: Building an alluring habitat for an advertiser’s most-sought market, and letting that audience come to them. In other words, “House Hunters” succeeds not just in winning TV-watching homeowners — but also winning homeowner-targeting advertisers, like Home Depot, who know they’re more likely to reach who they need.
January 27, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word Dubyobama
Despite the empty rhetoric about hope and change that surrounded his 2008 campaign, after all, Obama continued the policies of his predecessor George W. Bush so unswervingly that we may as well call those policies—the conventional wisdom or, rather, the conventional folly of early 21st-century American politics—the Dubyobama consensus. Trump’s candidacy, and in some ways that of his Democratic rival Bernard Sanders as well, marks the point at which the blowback from those policies has become a massive political fact. That this blowback isn’t taking the form desired by many people on the leftward end of things is hardly surprising; it was never going to do so, because the things about the Dubyobama consensus that made blowback inevitable are not the things to which the left objects.
January 22, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word DD cream
Okay, I didn’t even know that these existed until now. I guess they stand for “Daily Defense”. They’re supposedly like a BB cream and CC cream all in one? But that doesn’t even make sense, because a CC cream was just supposed to be like a heavier-coverage BB cream. Does that mean DD is somewhere in-bewteen? Sigh, marketing.
January 21, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word CC cream
CC creams came after BB creams, as a lot of women like the idea of an all-in-one solution, but want higher coverage. Hence, CC = coverage, correct. The idea is the same as a BB cream, but they are a heavier formulation.
scarequotes commented on the word BB cream
BB creams, like more and more of our makeup trends, started in Asia as “blemish balm”. The idea was that they’re like a lightweight foundation with skin-improving qualities (AKA, a tinted moisturizer). Asia is real, real big on skincare. Korea and Japan are known for their 10-step skincare routines (that is, all the face stuff that comes BEFORE even putting makeup on); this 10-step thing has been slightly debunked as most women there don’t actually follow a 10-step routine, but there are a lot more “essential” skin care steps they have outside of our basic cleanse, tone, moisturize process. Since BB creams were so popular, a buncha US lines started marketing them as “beauty balm”.
scarequotes commented on the word monstershake
The milkshakes pictured above can be found at Black Tap, in Manhattan; a previous wave of try-hard Willy Wonka ass milkshakes made the rounds last summer, sold by an Australian bakery called Patissez. In September, on FABlife, Chrissy Teigen called the “monstershake” the “hot new trend in town.”
scarequotes commented on the word vocaloid
Hatsune Miku, the holographic pop star and occasional video game protagonist, is embarking upon her first North American headlining tour.
Miku Expo 2016, as it has been dubbed, will begin with a show in Seattle on April 23 and take the vocaloid across both the West and East Coasts.
scarequotes commented on the word taharrush
CBS reporter Lara Logan, photographed in Cairo's Tahrir Square moments before she was assaulted in 2011. Her attack was one of the first known instances of 'taharrush' to be reported in Western media.
January 14, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word walla
A sound effect for the murmur of a crowd in the background.
Walla is often use as subliminal aural communication and sets a mood or a tone.
January 8, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word blubstep
While reading up on Kacy Hill, we stumbled across our favourite new word: “blubstep”. Sure, it’s one of those awful portmanteaus used by marketing types to shift records, but it perfectly describes Hill’s bass heavy, James Blake-esque tunes. She’s signed to Kanye West’s label after serving as a backing dancer for his Yeezus tour, so no pressure.
scarequotes commented on the word jerkigarchy
But it’s not trivial. Oligarchy, rule by the few, also tends to become rule by the monstrously self-centered. Narcisstocracy? Jerkigarchy? Anyway, it’s an ugly spectacle, and it’s probably going to get even uglier over the course of the year ahead.
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scarequotes commented on the word sex with your pants on
Sex With Your Pants On (SWYPO) is a term used to describe the idea of recreating treats such as pancakes, brownies, or pizza with Whole30 ingredients, and is strongly cautioned against. The Hartwigs feel that if you’re trying to recreate a pizza made out of cauliflower crust in order to scratch a craving itch, then you’re kind of missing the point. To quote the Whole30 website, “You can tell yourself it’s okay, it’s still pretty good, you’re totally satisfied … but that’s kind of a lie. Because you know exactly how good pants-less sex feels.”
January 7, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word sharenting
Of course there are biologically sensible reasons for this, but unless you’re careful this set-up can cement the assumption that childcare is the woman’s responsibility, long after she goes back to work too. It was my experience of maternity leave that was a big factor in our decision to 'sharent’.
When Tom returned to work after paternity leave I was left tethered to the domestic realm, feeling panic-stricken that my life as I knew it was over. And that was when we started talking about how things could be more equal.
scarequotes commented on the word yeet
As more and more people started to yeet, the name for the dance move slowly worked its way into casual conversation, as a new way to express excitement over something. For example, let's say you and your friends are dancing and one lands a flawless back flip. ('Cause you know; that could totally happen.) That would be your cue to yell out "yeet!" and let them know just how awesome they are.
January 6, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word high-key
What it means: High-key refers to something needing to be said out loud. Low-key is the opposite. Both can refer to an intense like/dislike.
January 5, 2016
scarequotes commented on the word vampire facelift
The "Vampire Facelift" is a procedure that involves withdrawing a patient's own blood, processing it to create "platelet-rich plasma (PRP)," then re-injecting it to erase wrinkles and create a more youthful look. Selphyl is another type of PRP facelift procedure that uses a similar technique.
December 28, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word faneto
Feds at my door, jump out the window, nigga
Know you can't get no money silly ho
I just hit a stain, faneto
December 22, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word bean to bar
But while customers can’t get enough of the company’s bearded, Brooklyn hipster founders, and their brilliantly marketed, $10 “bean to bar” chocolates, a term reserved for chocolate that has been produced entirely under the maker’s control, from the cocoa bean to the wrapped bar, chocolate experts have shunned them. Earlier this year, Slate published a story on Rick and Michael Mast, detailing complaints by the craft chocolate community about their undeserved media attention and unparalleled hubris. (“I can affirm that we make the best chocolate in the world,” Rick told Vanity Fair in February.)
December 18, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word cringe-fest
http://waxy.org/2015/12/the_first_round_capital_holiday_train_wreck/Your annual reminder of the hidden costs of taking venture capital is here — it's the First Round Capital Holiday Video, a yearly cringe-fest of startups parodying the year's biggest pop hits, with lyrics tweaked to reflect the worst of startup culture. (Full lyrics at the end of the post.)
December 17, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word legacyquel
That’s something that’s happening a lot these days. Though there are still occasional reboots or prequels, this very specific kind of sequel — in which beloved aging stars reprise classic roles and pass the torch to younger successors — is becoming increasingly common in the American film industry. These movies are all about revitalizing old franchises through the notion of legacy, leading to this current wave of what we could call “legacyquels.”
December 16, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word D-shirt
For simplicity’s sake, let’s call these novelty shirts “D-shirts”—a retroactive shorthand for “dick shirts” or “douchebag shirts,” whichever you prefer. While it’s shooting fish in a barrel to mock the simpler times when D-ness was clearly telegraphed via branding, I believe that it’s preferable to the current dilemma of actual douchebags trying to camouflage as nondouchebags. Thanks to irony (and e-commerce!), these days it’s way harder to spot a douchebag.
scarequotes commented on the word residentialist
The outcry from the neighbors over Cubberley was so fierce that it reshaped Palo Alto’s city government. The city council is nonpartisan, but a faction emerged that revived an old, slow-growth movement in town, known as the “residentialists.” Their concerns are varied (among them, the perennial suburban concerns of property values and traffic), but their influence has been to block any new development of affordable housing and shoo people like Suzan and James away from Palo Alto.
December 14, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word rage click
Still other YouTubers make money by relying on “rage clicks”—saying something inflammatory for the purposes of press and views. Take “Dear Fat People,” a fat-shaming tirade by YouTuber Nicole Arbour. “Dear Fat People” made so much money that Arbour posted a Snapchat counting 50 dollar bills…but she also lost some of her branded deals and got blacklisted by the tight-knit YouTube community.
scarequotes commented on the word downwinger
I think it would make for an encouraging change, for a few reasons. Firstly, I’m an up-winger, so of course I’m in favor of this ideological revolution. Second, it wouldn’t really be a revolution, but more a reversion to the mean: the up-down distinction has historically been more practically relevant than the left-right distinction. Third, an up-down distinction would redound to the benefit of upwingers. Downwingers are present on both the left and the right, but are more sound than fury—refocusing the debate toward upwinger varieties on the right and the left would further marginalize the opponents of progress.
December 11, 2015
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scarequotes commented on the word Dasher
I'd been a part-time delivery driver — a "Dasher" — for three weeks by that point, driving around San Francisco on a scooter, delivering everything from burgers to pad thai to frozen yogurt.
scarequotes commented on the word Hispandering
Hillary Clinton got side-eyed after blasting Jennifer Lopez's "Let's Get Loud" at a campaign stop in San Antonio where she called herself "La Hillary" and "Tu Hillary." Jeb Bush earned eye rolls after debuting a Spanish-language ad celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
Both were accused of "Hispandering": a mashup of "Hispanic" and "pandering" that means faking interest in Hispanic issues and culture for self-serving reasons.
December 10, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word hair soup
The body is gone. What remains is what Berg calls hair soup: when the brains and other leftover material come together to form a single substance. This is a particularly gruesome specimen.
December 9, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word decomp
In Minnesota, about 40,000 people die every year. Many are not discovered for weeks or months after their death. In the biohazard cleanup business, these are called “decomps,” and they’re the most laborious jobs. “The best way to describe a decomp clean is peeling layers off an onion,” says Berg. “You just gotta keep pulling back those layers until you don’t find anymore body material.”
scarequotes commented on the word cashsexual
“I was struck by the words SOTEMPTED used to describe sex work: ugly, messy, humiliating,” said Mike Crawford, a sex worker, sex-workers-rights activist, and self-identified “cashsexual” who tweets at @BringMeTheAx.
scarequotes commented on the word curve
While these new models are not the standard size 0 or 2 that we often see gracing the catwalk, they are not going to let the size of their clothing define them. Instead, they're trying to change the way the fashion industry (and the rest of the world) sees them, with the term "curve" — which describes the shape of their body, not just their waistline.
The movement recently came into the spotlight after 18-year-old model Jordyn Woods, a newcomer to the modeling scene, was featured in an interview on TeenVogue.com in which she referred to herself as a "curve model" rather than the more common industry term, "plus-size."
scarequotes commented on the word frape
It found that 71% of 18-24-year-olds have made a rape joke or flippantly used the word rape, and 88% of respondents in this age group were familiar with the term “frape”, or Facebook rape, which is usually used to describe the act of logging into somebody else’s Facebook account and posting using their profile.
scarequotes commented on the word nerdlebrity
Fan favorite nerdlebrity Norman Reedus has become an icon as the zombie-stompin’ Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. But despite his amazing survival skills, he was not able to repel a real bite attack by one of his greatest fans.
December 8, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word antifa
Antifa groups are using the hashtag #defendSeattle as part of their strategy.
December 7, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word no list
“I remember getting ready for my first gang bang, and I was talking to people – what should I know, I’ve never done this before, I was really nervous, do you have any tips? And two people were like: put James Deen on your ‘no’ list” – the performers she would not do scenes with.
December 4, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word frackademia
Boulder Weekly, a Boulder, Colorado alternative weekly newspaper, has published a 10,000 word ”frackademia” investigation in a special edition of the newspaper.
scarequotes commented on the word Devember
Following suit is Devember, the non-profit Code.org’s attempt to out-portmanteau The Movember Foundation. “We think everybody should learn to code,” the organization declares, comparing its cause to the fight against illiteracy.
December 2, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word Deenager
As soon as these girls launched Deen to mainstream recognition, however, they were recast into minor supporting roles in Deen’s narrative. In magazine stories and television specials (and in one case, a porn parody of a television special starring Deen himself called Channel 69: Breaking Nudes), they were recast either as hypersexual groupies or innocent victims trapped under his torrid pornographic spell. Nightline drummed up a Deenager exposé in early 2012 that began: “For any parent concerned about what their teen does online, the huge popularity of the young man you are about to meet may be deeply disturbing.”
scarequotes commented on the word show hole
We've been in this show hole for about a year and a half. The last show we binged was True Blood and it wasn't even relevant at that point in time. We're not sure what we're looking for either. We started The 100 but didn't make it to season two.
November 30, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word Skypesgiving
There is another group, meanwhile, that will rebel. They will eschew the planes, the trains, and the automobiles that make up Turkey Day’s hors d’oeuvres. They will opt, instead, for “Skypesgiving.” The Kernel reports that 14.1 million people used Skype to connect with loved ones on Thanksgiving in 2013, and that number has probably only increased since.
November 28, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word micropolitan
"I learned a new word today," he said. "Micropolitan. Geographically, there's Metropolitan, Micropolitan, and Rest of the State. Metropolitan receives the largest reimbursement, then there's Micropolitan, receiving less than Metropolitan, and finally Rest of the State, receiving the lowest in child care subsidies.
November 27, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word wayment
Shortened "wait a minute".
scarequotes commented on the word piecaken
Here is a delicious idea for a Thanksgiving PIECAKEN! A pumpkin Pie in a Milk Chocolate Fudge Cake topped with a pumpkin-spiced milk chocolate ganache and buttercream - delicious!
November 24, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word gypset
If you’ve never heard of Revolve, you probably don’t travel in the right circles. You aren’t a trendy twentysomething who can pull off a skintight white suit with no shirt underneath. There’s no copy of Gypset Style, the handbook for self-styled bon vivants and “high-low cultural nomads,” on your coffee table—one piece of the perfectly decorated apartment in which you barely spend time. (“Gypset” is a portmanteau of “gypsy” and “jet set.”)
November 23, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word crunning
But rejoice, Proud Fitness Enthusiasts. It took a minute, but the fires of Hell have at long last forged a new trend in public humiliation-as-exercise, and it is called crunning. "But I already cry when I run!" you say. "How is this new?" No, it's worse that that. The "cr" is for "crawling." You're crawl-running. You're crunning.
November 19, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word twelfie
When 12s take selfies, they become Twelfies. Use #Twelfie with every selfie you take when representing the Seahawks.
November 16, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word grayzone
In fact, as I just learned tonight on Twitter, in one of its own publications following that attack, ISIS wrote of driving to “extinction” the “grayzone” between Islamic extremism and “the crusader coalition.” Again, it’s all about using terrorism to “sharpen the contradictions” and polarize the world.
November 14, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word complaintbrag
Mr. West’s angst could also fall under the category of the “complaintbrag,” a cousin of the humblebrag and “first-world problems,” a term that has drawn its own share of first-world complaints for its patronizing stance toward non-first-world inhabitants.
November 13, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word microcomplaint
It was once considered unbecoming, or annoying itself, to moan publicly about trifling personal ordeals. Now, in a seismic shift for the moral culture, abetted by technology, we tolerate and even encourage the “microcomplaint”: the petty, petulant kvetch about the quotidian.
scarequotes commented on the word antler eve
scarequotes commented on the word efauxji
Finland’s emoji, then, are not real emoji. They are something far more nefarious: Efauxji. They are mere images masquerading as glyphs, pretenders to the emoji throne.
November 11, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word wifey up
Yet others find that the term accurately describes a real phenomenon. Avery Keese, 23, who works at a nonprofit in Virginia, had never heard of cuffing season, but when one of her co-workers brought it up, she recognized the concept immediately. In college, she and her friends often joked about how girls seemed to get “wifeyed up” midway through the fall semester. And as one of her friends pointed out one day, Ms. Keese wasn’t immune to this trend.
scarequotes commented on the word cuff
Camille Sanches, a Columbia University sophomore, was eating lunch with friends when another girl stopped by with some news: A guy had asked her out on a date.
“You can’t cuff without me!” one of her friends exclaimed. “We have to cuff together!”
scarequotes commented on the word schlopping
When a Jewish-American family descended from Texas shop owners emigrated to Beer Sheva, Israel, it is no wonder that a new word emerged in their English-Hebrew-Yiddish lexicon. “Schlopping” – an amalgamation of schlep, love and shopping – became a hallmark of the mother-daughter relationship of Sheryl Mendlinger of Boston and Yael Magen of Swampscott, and serves as the foundation of a book the pair co-authored.
scarequotes commented on the word Fedexodus
It could be. But the market’s maturity is getting tested on Monday, and in the next few weeks, the ramifications of that likely hike are going to play out across the capital markets. The Dow is down more than 200 points, and the S&P 500 is off 25 points at 2074. The yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note rose as high as 2.37%, and most markets in Europe and Asia were in the red. The market may yet handle what the folks at Merrill are calling “Fedexodus,” but that isn’t apparent right now.
scarequotes commented on the word pretaliation
The thing about retaliation, as everyone knows, is that you should get it in first. And now there’s a word for that: the eminently logical “pretaliation”. The MP Paul Flynn has been having fun on Twitter by describing Seb Coe’s attempts to defend himself in advance against the report on doping in athletics as “(new word) PRETALIATION”.
November 10, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word fun size
In 1968, Mars discontinued its "junior" size candy product and came out with a larger size of small, individually wrapped, multiple packed branded candy bars. These bars were intermediate in size between the old "junior" bars and the traditional size bars sold over the counter by Mars. It adopted the words fun size to describe this new category.
November 9, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word koselig
Koselig is a Norwegian word that roughly translates to "a sense of coziness." It's the idea that winter is a time for big fuzzy blankets, warm sweaters, snuggling, and tasty, hot beverages. Basically if a Pinterest board came to life, it would be the embodiment of koselig.
November 8, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word moose tracks
November 5, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word chemsex
U.K. media and government officials are sounding the alarm over something called "chemsex," which involves—are you ready for this newfangled idea?—taking mind-altering substances and then having sex. Oblivious that they're describing something that has happened for literally all of time, British officials warn that "taking recreational drugs during sex can lead to a number of potentially harmful side effects including facilitating the spread of common STIs and HIV, but also serious mental health problems, such as anxiety, psychoses and suicidal tendencies."
November 4, 2015
scarequotes commented on the word Uberisation
“There’s a new word in the English lexicon, Uberisation, which basically means disrupting the market—and there is potential for the insurance industry to be disrupted by an ‘Uber’,” he said.
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