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scarequotes commented on the word whiteopia
The “whiteopia” of North Idaho has become one of the most desirable places in the West for conservatives to relocate. So why is the local Republican party tearing itself apart — and who’s responsible?
October 23, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word vadering
Breathing heavily on a phone call. (Came up in an IM.)
October 20, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word perspecticide
Living with an abusive and controlling partner can feel like living in a cult—except lonelier. Victims' ** own viewpoints, desires, and opinions may fade as they are overwhelmed by the abusers'. Over time, they may lose a sense that they even have a right to their own perspectives. This is called perspecticide—the abuse-related incapacity to know what you know (Stark, 2007). Perspecticide is often part of a strategy of coercive control that may include manipulation, stalking, and physical abuse:
October 19, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word outchea
blend of "out here"
Anyway, I want to make it clear before my co-workers tarnish my name that I am in no way dissing bacon, but what they not finna do is have me out here needing a stint in my aorta because I’m outchea sampling bacon flavors trying to find the right one. Bacon is cool. Sza is straight.
October 13, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hepeat
My friends coined a word: hepeated. For when a woman suggests an idea and it's ignored, but then a guy says same thing and everyone loves it
September 23, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word threatcasting
Threatcasting emerged in 2007 as a variation on the futurecasting process that one of us, Brian, created when working as a futurist and trying to imagine what individuals would expect from their technology products in the future. Threatcasting is also a descendent of scenario planning, a tool that allows organizations to image a range of possible and probable futures based upon overlapping forces or trends. Imagine you’re a car company that envisions the possible futures of gas prices and the unemployment rate. If gas prices rise and unemployment falls, what might your sales look like? But what if both gas prices and unemployment rise? From these basic components, you can develop specific scenarios for your company and plan for them.
September 15, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word premium mediocre
A few months ago, while dining at Veggie Grill (one of the new breed of Chipotle-class fast-casual restaurants), a phrase popped unbidden into my head: premium mediocre. The food, I opined to my wife, was premium mediocre. She instantly got what I meant, though she didn’t quite agree that Veggie Grill qualified. In the weeks that followed, premium mediocre turned into a term of art for us, and we gleefully went around labeling various things with the term, sometimes disagreeing, but mostly agreeing. And it wasn’t just us. When I tried the term on my Facebook wall, and on Twitter, again everybody instantly got the idea, and into the spirit of the labeling game.
scarequotes commented on the word carnism
Carnism describes the invisible belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals. The ideology sees the wide-spread acceptance of meat-eating as 'natural', 'normal', and 'necessary'.
In addition, it sees its opposing ideology - veganism - as unnatural, and not 'normal'.
September 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word creepshot
Toronto woman joins the fight against creepshot image sites
There’s a Toronto woman named Roxanne who has an on-again, off-again hobby. For the past four years, she’s spent her time reaching out to those whose photos, some explicit, she’s found on a site dedicated to titillating men by, among other things, humiliating women by posting their stolen images and personal details.
September 13, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word petextrian
One pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle crash every eight minutes, a number that’s been on the rise in recent years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has equated this increase in injuries to a global influx of “petextrians” – pedestrians who simultaneously walk and text. This, combined with the rise of distracted driving due to smartphones, created a massive new safety problem for drivers and pedestrians alike.
September 6, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word noblebright
Here I am with more addendums to this post: Seems like a lot of people are saying the word “noblebright” at me, and I just want to be really clear about this: Noblebright is not hopepunk. Noblebright does not espouse the same ideals that hopepunk does. They are two distinct, separate, coexisting things.
Noblebright is Arthurian legends. The world is a good place, people are essentially good. The codes of chivalry are in full effect. People in positions of authority are there because they are wise, prudent, caring leaders. They rule because they deserve to rule. They protect the weak, they uphold their ideals, there’s people practicing chaste courtly love in every bower and garden. Things are fine, and people have adventures in which they triumph because (see: all of the above).
September 5, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hopepunk
> The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk. Pass it on.
#this is a good post #also I need an example of hopepunk #bc the name #resonates with me #and I need it #please #if you don’t mind (via @lavender-starling)
So the essence of grimdark is that everyone’s inherently sort of a bad person and does bad things, and that’s awful and disheartening and cynical. It’s looking at human nature and going, “The glass is half empty.”
Hopepunk says, “No, I don’t accept that. Go fuck yourself: The glass is half-full.” YEAH, we’re all a messy mix of good and bad, flaws and virtues. We’ve all been mean and petty and cruel, but (and here’s the important part) we’ve also been soft and forgiving and KIND. Hopepunk says that kindness and softness doesn’t equal weakness, and that in this world of brutal cynicism and nihilism, being kind is a political act. An act of rebellion.
scarequotes commented on the word slobbyist
Fat, middle aged trolls that hide behind an alias on escort review boards. Their purpose is to insult, defame and harm an adult entertainer’s reputation. Their misogynistic attitude is prevalent in their critically unflattering reviews and board posts.
September 1, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word dump dinner
One of the best things about dump dinners is that they're often freezer-friendly — meaning you can prep (or bulk prep!) in advance, pack away, then use whenever you're ready. Find this make-ahead recipe along with others here.
August 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word blue racism
A police union in New York called the Sergeants Benevolent Association says in a new video that officers are often victims of “blue racism.”
“The average person doesn’t see the things that make me human,” a narrator says. “When they look at me, they see blue.”
The video describes a “strange form of racism” that is growing across the country, and points to the number of police officers who die while on duty. The video says that “blue racism” is “even more racist” than judging a person based on their skin color.
August 21, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word porexia
If you spend hours in front of the mirror each day poring over the little openings on the top of your skin and willing them to disappear before you take an Instagram selfie, you're not alone.
In fact, obsessing over our pores - from the size to the number of them - is the beauty industry's latest preoccupation.
This is so much the case that dermatologists have coined a word for this pore fixation - 'porexia'.
August 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word sologamist
In the new trend called “sologamy,” women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled “sologamist” Erika Anderson, throw on a white gown, invite their close friends and family and marry themselves in a legally nonbinding way.
August 9, 2017
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scarequotes commented on the word manifestbro
The intellectual bankruptcy of lacking good sources is the reason that Google manifestbro doesn’t deserve a detailed response.
August 7, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word holibobs
Your worn-out Havaianas, shoddy attempt at dreadlocks and a tan that makes you look like an extra from Geordie Shore make it abundantly clear you’ve been on holibobs.
There’s no need to harp on about it
Sure your friends will good-naturedly enjoy a story or two, but there’s a shelf life to your ‘this one time…’ stories.
August 4, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word plandid
So, what exactly are plandids? The word is a portmanteau of "planned" and "candid," which kinda sounds like a contradiction in terms. The idea is to post "as if you didn't know the picture was being taken, but you're still posing," according to Instagrammer Maria Gillett.
scarequotes commented on the word right-to-try
You might have heard of the "right-to-try" movement. The gist of it is: Terminally ill patients should be given wide latitude to try out unproven treatments if they have exhausted all their other options.
More than 30 states have passed a "right-to-try" bill, often favored by more libertarian-minded people, and now the Senate has too. Supporters portray it as a humanitarian exercise for people with no other hope that removes the risk of a bureaucracy getting in their way.
August 3, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word digital blackface
If you’ve never heard of the term before, “digital blackface” is used to describe various types of minstrel performance that become available in cyberspace. Blackface minstrelsy is a theatrical tradition dating back to the early 19th century, in which performers “blacken” themselves up with costume and behaviors to act as black caricatures. The performances put society’s most racist sensibilities on display and in turn fed them back to audiences to intensify these feelings and disperse them across culture. Many of our most beloved entertainment genres owe at least part of themselves to the minstrel stage, including vaudeville, film, and cartoons. While often associated with Jim Crow–era racism, the tenets of minstrel performance remain alive today in television, movies, music and, in its most advanced iteration, on the Internet.
August 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Jaugust
Manager Joe Maddon made it clear it didn’t feel like a normal July game to him.
“It’s Jaugust,” Maddon said. “It’s already there. There’s no getting around it. I love it, I absolutely love it and I think our players do. It’s great. The fans were absolutely energized tonight. It’s good stuff. And of course, it’s better when we win.”
July 31, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word reffy
It's okay to be a refugee. You wouldn't know that if you lived in a city filled with them. But what you really don't want to be is a "ref," and you don't ever want to be caught acting "reffy." That's the slang term Miamians created to divide themselves from a certain type of Latin American newcomer who hasn't quite gotten the hang of American life yet. Even minority groups that have been traditionally oppressed and segregated in America manage to find ways to oppress and segregate amongst their own. I'm going to launch that sentence into space as a warning for any incoming armadas of aliens looking to make friends.
July 29, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word overfat
In other words, a person whose body weight is “normal” might have enough excess abdominal fat on his or her body to create health risks, while other people — in particular, athletes — might be technically “overweight” by standard measurements, but much healthier.
Laursen and his colleagues want everyone — doctors, nutritionists, and the rest of us — to start using a new word he says more accurately describes the problem: overfat.
July 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word CAFO
But pigs suffer on an astounding scale on their way to our tables. Of the 100 million pigs annually raised for food in the United States, 97 per cent are confined to factory farms. These farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal-feeding operations) can best be described as ‘huge lagoons of pig sewage’. These farms do great environmental harm, and the pigs there endure short, miserable lives.
July 20, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word het-washing
At this year’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Bryan Fuller accepted an Achievement Award for his visionary work on shows like Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and, more recently, American Gods. During his speech, Fuller touched on queer representation on the small screen, and how it’s changed in the course of his career. Where his current TV show recently featured a bold and erotic gay sex scene, Fuller reminded his audience of all the “het-washing,” i.e., when a homosexual character is written to be heterosexual, that had occurred on other series. The writer-producer, who is an out gay man, alluded to a Heroes season-one cast member who threatened to walk from the show if his character were revealed to be homosexual. Fuller said that despite the fact the actor was gay, he didn’t want to play a gay character.
July 15, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hiplet
“Hiplet is a mixture of hip-hop and ballet, but really anything that we can try to put en pointe that has, like, a groovy feeling to it,” dancer Zipporah Wilson said in a recent video. “You have to have a certain posture when you’re doing ballet. Usually, you’re up tall … pointe shoes were designed for ballet. Hiplet is different.”
July 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word packing cube
Packing cubes: Inexpensive fabric containers (square or rectangular) that zip closed and fit into carry-on bags and suitcases are an efficient way to separate and organize items for multiple family members, said Rainer Jenss, the president and founder of the Family Travel Association, a trade group. “Each person gets his or her own cube so you know exactly whose stuff is whose,” he said.
July 12, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hope-watch
Shows taking time to become good is just the way TV works. Occasionally, you’ll find a Sopranos or a Cheers or a Mary Tyler Moore Show that arrives fully-formed at the peak of its powers, but most shows are evolving organisms, where the creators need a while to figure out how to best tell their stories, use their actors, work within constraints of budget or schedule or network, etc. Patience is required to see which shows live up to their full potential and which never get there; sometimes you get a Parks and Recreation (which went from mediocre to great after its first season) or an Americans (which went from good to great during that same second year transition), but other times, you might spend a season-plus waiting for a sitcom like Up All Night to stop being somehow less than the sum of its talented parts, only for it to be canceled before that happens.
My wife dubbed the practice “hope-watching,” and I’ve done plenty of it over the years as both amateur couch potato and professional.
July 10, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word tresbian
What about girls, you ask? Granted, this is mainly about chaps, but then so much of it is personal, and Rupert has more experience of being a gay man than he does of being anything else. And he does go to Hebden Bridge, lesbian capital of Britain, and meets some lovely women. And I learn a new word: tresbian. As in a male-to-female transgender woman who identifies as a lesbian. Rather than French – or Franglais, or even Polari possibly – for very good. Which this is.
July 9, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word amatonormativity
"Amatonormativity" is a relatively new term — coined about five years ago by Elizabeth Brake, an associate professor of philosophy at Arizona State University and the author of Minimizing Marriage — to capture two widely held assumptions. The first being a person who isn’t in a monogamous romantic relationship is seeking that type of relationship, and the second being a person would automatically be better off in a monogamous romantic relationship than he or she would be while single or in another type of relationship.
In a phone interview, Brake told me she modelled "amatonormativity" after the term "heteronormativity," or the belief heterosexuality is the default sexual orientation. ("Amatus" is the Latin word for "loved.") When the default assumption is that being in a committed relationship — any relationship, regardless of its quality — is prized above all else, it can leave some singles feeling singled out.
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scarequotes commented on the word earlymoon
While honeymoons give newlyweds a chance to relax after their wedding, more and more engaged couples are taking a vacation even before their wedding festivities begin.
Couples say the pre-wedding vacation, dubbed an “earlymoon,” gives them a chance to de-stress and reconnect before tying the knot.
scarequotes commented on the word doughwich
When pitching their idea, Schmid and Pacetti claimed their product was the only edible cookie dough on the market made to be eaten as-is. Not anymore: Between new shops, expansions, and menu upgrades, 2017 is set to be the breakout year for edible cookie dough. Dō — based in New York City, where there is a line for everything — certainly garnered a lot of publicity during its January opening, but it wasn’t the only doughy debut of the year. In February, Tart Sweets bakery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started selling its dough in “doughwiches” and by the scoop through its cookie dough bar, which is only open Fridays and Saturdays. Earlier this year, Yoyo Berri frozen yogurt shops in Nebraska and South Dakota started offering raw cookie dough to liven up yesterday’s snack craze. And four flavors of the stuff, served with a side of “ice milk,” will be among the newest items featured at this year’s Minnesota State Fair.
June 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word enby
(And that's for cis women--for society that has trouble remembering trans women, enbys, etc. exist, the HORROR that they would take the mic)
June 21, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word begleri
Break out your EDC ninja moves with this stylish brass Begleri. Inspired by traditional Greek worry beads, the Begleri is a popular skill toy that's kind of like nunchaku for your fingers.
June 17, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word sanguinarian
Yesterday I learned a new word: sanguinarian. It’s as bad as it sounds, as I discovered in the secret vampire group, where 2,000 group members exchange resources for best ways to find willing human donors for their blood consumption and how to keep the habit a secret from their immediate circles who would never understand what it’s like to be an actual vampire. It’s an elevated life form, one that common folk could never understand. But still not hurting anyone…okay, well at least not without their consent. So what’s the problem?
scarequotes commented on the word Kongsploitation
And then you had some folks that were content to just ruthlessly riff on King Kong itself. Rather than imagine literally any other monster blown up to ridiculous proportions, they simply recycled the overgrown primate storyline again and again, resulting in a strange, dusty little cinematic corner that’s sheer Kongsploitation. And like any idiosyncratic genre, its offerings range from nakedly dull knock-offs to completely deranged dispatches that feel like they shouldn’t exist. Here’s five of them, and this is by no means a comprehensive list—this just happens to be the quintet I watched on a whim with Kong: Skull Island approaching. Believe it or not, there are at least five more that could comprise another list in the future.
scarequotes commented on the word Xennial
Between Generation X and the Millennials, there’s a group of people currently in their late 20s and early 30s who don’t identify with either label. We call them the Xennials—a micro-generation that serves as a bridge between the disaffection of Gen X and the blithe optimism of Millennials. But why aren’t they as pissed off as Gen X or as confident as Millennials? Are they luckier than both the preceding and following generations? Or did they get screwed that much harder, thanks to a unique combination of developmental milestones and world events? Our authors, born on either end of the four-year-window, disagree.
June 11, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word blerd
Blerd, or black nerd, is a term that has gained more and more popularity in the past couple of years. Try searching for #blerd on Instagram and Twitter and you'll be flooded with tons of nerdtastic thoughts and personalities. In fact, it's likely that you'll get sucked in to some rabbit hole of randomness ... because let's face it, all of us have a bit of nerd inside of us. And so, here's a dozen Blerd accounts in Twitter that you should be following to get your daily dose of blerdiness:
June 10, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Glonut
The mastermind behind Strawberry Watermelon Cake, dubbed the most Instagrammed cake in the world, has now given us the gorgeous 'Glonut'.
And creator Christopher Thé has told Daily Mail Australia just how he managed to get his doughnuts to look radioactive - while still tasting delicious.
June 9, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hard seltzer
Looking for something refreshing, bubbly and not too sweet? Oh, and alcoholic? We've got just the thing: hard seltzer. Yes, your boozy LaCroix dreams have come true.
June 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word a-Lago
I’ll leave it to greater minds (looking at you, Dan Rather) to determine how yuge the Flynn scandal is, but one thing is certain: The Trump presidency is starting out so rocky that we’re going to need a better scandal suffix than the hoary old “-gate.”
The obvious choice? It’s “-a-lago.” As in the winter White House, Mar-a-Lago.
May 27, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word banista
Amazon’s community banana stands were thought up by CEO Jeff Bezos, who thought the company could help the local community by giving out healthy food. The first stand opened on campus of the online retailer and cloud computing giant in December 2015, and it was joined by another in October 2016. More than 1.7 million bananas have been given away by the “banistas” who run the two stands, Monday through Friday.
May 24, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word squillo
Apart from sounding like some dirty act, ‘squillo‘ is one of the most useful words in the Italian vocabulary, in my opinion. What does it mean, you ask?! Well since there is no exact translation into English, it means, ‘call someone on his or her cellphone, let it ring 1-3 times, and then hang up.’ This will let your friend know that you have arrived at your previously agreed upon destination.
scarequotes commented on the word frosé
Hot weather means it’s prime time for frosty beverages, and what better way to indulge than with glasses of the still-trendy frosé (a.k.a. frozen rosé)? Take the summer-perfect wine, freeze it, and viola, it becomes even more seasonally appropriate.
scarequotes commented on the word avolatte
From the country that brought the world fairy toast and flat whites comes another breakfast innovation: the avolatte, a latte inside of an avocado. It’s actually a latte inside of half an avocado skin, with a little bit of the flesh of the fruit still clinging to its shell.
scarequotes commented on the word stuntsploitation
STEEL ARENA doesn’t seem at first glance like a particularly distinguished b-movie, especially in its current form as a poorly transferred old VHS tape that’s scanned but not panned. Many scenes, including the first one, are conversations in the front seats of vehicles with one or more participants mostly cropped out of frame. I rented it because it’s one of these stuntsploitation movies I find so interesting, but this time it’s about the lives of professional stunt drivers in a road show, not in movies. Most of the stars are real drivers playing themselves and doing their own driving. STEEL ARENA is to stunt drivers as ACT OF VALOR is to Navy SEALs.
May 19, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word witchsploitation
Witchsploitation! Witchcraft “Documentaries” From the Golden Age of Groovy
May 18, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word kindasorta
But you kindasorta accidentally consented to this treatment/scene/behavior—sortakindasorta—by "sort of" saying "no problem." You're allowed to withdraw your kindasorta consent at any time, of course, and if sex with this might-be-an-asshole guy is making you unhappy—if taking his loads and being his come dump makes you feel bad/used/unsatisfied—withdraw your consent or renegotiate your deal. If not getting to come yourself during these encounters isn't what you want going forward, HOLE, make your dissatisfaction known and your satisfaction a requirement.
May 16, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word attention hacking
Far-right groups develop techniques of “attention hacking” to increase the visibility of their ideas through the strategic use of social media, memes, and bots—as well as by targeting journalists, bloggers, and influencers to help spread content.
May 15, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word prestige TV
In recent weeks, the knives have come out for so-called “prestige TV,” the high-toned cable and streaming dramas that drive so much discussion on the internet and earn so much attention from the media.
May 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Dark Knight employee
More famous for populating Wild West gangs, superhero movies and the New York subway, vigilantes are now found in all corners of professional life, a new survey has found. Over the course of their careers, more than half the people surveyed had experienced at least one “Dark Knight employee”, as researchers dubbed them, while 18% said they still worked with one.
May 5, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word ACE
Short for Adverse Childhood Experiences.
An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems.
scarequotes commented on the word MerMay
The legendary animator Tom Bancroft has a challenge for you this month! Come check it out and join in.
Over on his Instagram account, Tom has created #MerMay, a drawing challenge that invites you to “post a new mermaid drawing every day in May.”
May 4, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word fidget spinner
If you don’t have kids, you’ve probably never heard of the fidget spinner. But if you do, you may have recently been dragged to a toy store or 7-Eleven to purchase this latest must-have gadget.
Fidget spinners, made from plastic or metal with a bearing in the center and several prongs that can spin around it, are intended for mindless play while working or sitting in class.
May 3, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word brewstillery
Definition: A brewpub that’s also a distillery. Not vice versa; that would a disery.
Sample usage: “Bro, we can probably get like a pail of whiskey at that new brewstillery.”
Popularity: It makes sense in context; otherwise it sounds like a word for inebriated shenanigans. “All right, you two,” the policeman said, “cut out the brewstillery.”
scarequotes commented on the word soft swap
We've been sleeping with another couple for three months (first time my BF and I opened our relationship). How do I suggest full penetration with the opposite partner? At this point, we just do oral and that's the "groove" we're in.
Only-oral-with-others may be this couple's preferred groove and the lane they want to stay in. If they're only up for the "soft swap," as it's known in swinging circles, penetration isn't gonna happen. But you should feel free to ask for what you want—at the very least, you'll get some long-overdue clarity about their boundaries.
scarequotes commented on the word nooch
Although it shares a name with the same stuff used to get bread to rise, nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast. So it’s not a leavening agent and it won’t froth when it hits liquid. And because it is not derived from animal or wheat products, it’s considered vegan and it’s also gluten-free. You’ll find it in both powder and flake forms, in bulk bins of health food stores and in shaker bottles. And as for the less-than-fun name, the vegan blogosphere has taken care of that by nicknaming the stuff “nooch.”
May 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word greyfield
The proliferation of half-vacant shopping centers and abandoned malls on the fringes of cities has become such a pervasive problem that we have a new word for it: greyfields. Chances are you have a few in your community: acres of paved parking with weeds creeping through the cracks and a dilapidated big-box structure standing in the middle. They’re the increasingly hard-to-ignore manifestation of what’s often described as the retail meltdown. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the retail sector lost approximately 30,000 jobs in March alone, with thousands of store closings projected through 2017. At this pace, store closings in 2017 are likely to surpass the Great Recession year of 2008.
May 1, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word reproductive coercion
The reality is that, stripped of its trendy new name, "stealthing" is a common form of domestic violence, which is typically called "reproductive coercion." It includes, not just removing or sabotaging condoms, but a wide array of tactics intended to sabotage birth control or render it unavailable. "Reproductive coercion" cases are hard to take to court—either because the laws don't exist, or because the cases are difficult to prove—but it's still regarded as unambiguously abusive. It's also common: In 2010, the National Domestic Violence Hotline surveyed 3,169 women, and found that a quarter of them had been ordered not to use birth control. In another survey, 16 percent of women reported that their partners "poked holes in condoms, hid birth-control pills, or threatened them if the women didn't get pregnant."
scarequotes commented on the word stealthing
But, though "sex trend" coverage is always obnoxious, it becomes downright dangerous when it obscures and trivializes sexual violence. The latest instance: "stealthing," a practice in which men remove their condoms during sex without their partner's consent. It's drawn plenty of overheated coverage already: The New York Post dubs it "The New Dangerous Sex Trend;" it's a "Disturbing Sex Trend" as per USA Today. You would hardly know from these headlines what the fuss is about: National Women's Law Center fellow Alexandra Brodsky's recent paper in the Columbia Journal of Law and Gender advocates for criminalizing "stealthing" as a form of sexual assault.
scarequotes commented on the word declineshaming
A problematic trend is spreading like an epidemic on the web. In a desperate attempt to nudge users towards conversions like newsletter signups some websites are adding manipulative link text to their popup modals. These user-shaming labels are called manipulinks (a clever term coined by Steve Costello): they employ the practice of what is often referred to as confirmshaming — making users feel bad for opting out of an offer (logically, this practice might better be described as declineshaming).
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scarequotes commented on the word broflake
Netflix dropped the first trailer for its new comedy series Dear White People today, and already broflakes (what I’ve decided to call MAGA hat-wearing dudes who complain about “snowflakes” but are themselves overly sensitive) are cancelling their accounts.
April 30, 2017
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April 28, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Tumblr pink
For those of you not fluent in It Tints: Millennial pink is the pale, blush-peach-salmon-baby pink hue that's on everything from home goods to tote bags. It's also known as Tumblr Pink or Rose Quartz. We were warned to expect it in fall 2015, when Pantone decreed it to be one of the colors of the year for 2016.
April 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word millennial pink
And Pantone's color forecasters looked like geniuses when it broke out big. According to color forecasters, this pink was the right hue at the right time: the muted tone reflects "society's understanding of femininity ... changing the way people think about the female experience."
As a result of its timeliness, millennial pink is the icy hue that refuses to go away in 2017 -- it's selling bigger than anything in green, which was supposed to be the It Color for 2017, a sort of "Well, that was a crazy year! Aren't we all glad we're chill and into saving the environment now?" palate cleanser after society had finished wrestling with questions of how we define gender.
scarequotes commented on the word femmephobia
Now, femmephobia is the fear or hatred of all people and things which are perceived as femme, feminine, effeminate, and/or twink, regardless of their gender.
A direct result of femmephobia is the oppression of anyone (men, women, and other genders) whose gender presentation is in any way classified as being on the feminine end of the gender binary, due to their clothing, behavior, or mannerisms.
April 25, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Satafrika
While every day is a different crisis in ‘’SATAFRIKA,’’ the world of memes keeps on growing into a no-chill zone that finds humour in everything and everyone. Whether you are Jacob Zuma, Malusi Gigaba or Unathi Msengana, when it is time for social media to roast and meme-fy you afterwards, your status or money won’t be able to save you!
scarequotes commented on the word fintech
The future of American fintech may hang in the balance of a pitched battle that has grown in intensity over the past four months. An obscure request for comments on regulatory standards, released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) last March, has since evolved into a complex turf war between the states and Washington, DC.
Caught in the middle is the entire online finance industry, raising the question of just what a “fintech” business really is. Though it hasn’t made many national headlines, this fight may determine the future of innovation, competition and survival in the fintech world.
scarequotes commented on the word dyadic
What tf is perisex
It’s one of the words proposed by the intersex community to refer to someone who isn’t intersex, much like cis refers to someone who isn’t trans.
The other words I’ve seen around are endosex and dyadic, and they all seem to have pros and cons and there’s not been a great deal of consensus about what word would work best.
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scarequotes commented on the word demimale
A demiguy (also called a demiboy, demiman or demimale person) is a gender identity describing someone who partially, but not wholly, identifies as a man, boy or otherwise masculine, whatever their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a boy or man.
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scarequotes commented on the word demifemale
A demigirl (also called a demiwoman or a demifemale person) is a gender identity describing someone who partially, but not wholly, identifies as a woman, girl or otherwise feminine, whatever their assigned gender at birth. They may or may not identify as another gender in addition to feeling partially a girl or woman.
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scarequotes commented on the word aspec
On the asexuality spectrum.
Oh, Autumn, she said she was slightly on the aspec.
scarequotes commented on the word aro
asexual= Someone who does not experience sexual attraction to anyone.
Aro= Someone who does not experience romantic attraction to anyone
Grey= Someone who experience sexual attraction very rarely
Demisexual= Someone who only experience sexual attraction when creating an emotional bond with another.
scarequotes commented on the word SWERF
(Acronym: Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist)
"SWERFs" are exclusionary of sex workers; "AERFs" are exclusionary of ace and aro and aspec people. So "REGs" covers a spectrum.
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
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