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keep saying that [Aug. 8th, 2007|10:15 pm]
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blchandler
Not too long ago I read someone use the phrase "here's the haps on the craps" as a way of saying, "this is what's going on".

I have yet found an opportunity to use the phrase, but friends recommended that I say it with James Mason's voice when it comes time.
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I know, right? [May. 29th, 2006|11:02 pm]
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blchandler
In the past several months—maybe even longer than that—I've noticed that I've taken on using the phrase "I know, right?" as a means of saying, "I agree. And my emotions are slightly higher than normal because of this realization." (Or something along those lines.)

I expect this phrase to go the way of the dodo eventually, but what's everyone else saying for the time being as their personal phrase-fad?
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Seat. [Aug. 4th, 2005|08:19 pm]
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navik
The General Manager at work was on break with us, and I'm working on a Jumbo (Or Jumble?). I never remember. Where you have to unscramble the words. I realize Jumble makes more sense, but Jumbo seems to stick in my mind as the way I saw it.

Anyway, he says that when he was in elementary school, he was riding in the front of the bus one day and noticed something special about the word seat. Apparently if you remove any one letter, the remaining letters will spell a word as they sit.

Also, apparently bused is an acceptable spelling of bussed. As in, They bused me over to the hotel.. Just thought it looked weird with the sole consonnant.
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What is that thing called? [Jun. 25th, 2005|09:32 am]
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navik
On State Street, across from ColdStone... not sure which streets it's inbetween, you can exit the sidewalk into a little area with benches and there's usually guys asking for change (beggars is so 1851... can't think of today's common term for the act of asking for change). What would you call that area? There's got to be some kind of term for it. Something of a patio, but I don't think that's it. Any help would be appreciated.
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"[ [May. 27th, 2005|04:11 pm]
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saaramyrene
I just looked it up, and I'm very sad to report that "Nicaragua" does not mean "cigarette water".
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I don't have time to research today... [May. 27th, 2005|11:45 am]
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saaramyrene
So it's up to you guys to tell me:

Why is it called a "bonfire"? Who is bon? Was he once the official saint of enclosed fires that make everyone smell like smoked fish? Or is it a smooshing together of other words, like it used to be a "bonniferous fire" but no one wanted to bother with all those extra syllables?

[This post was inspired by the drunk twats who live in my building and insist upon heeing and hawing and whooping next to their bonfire in the sideyard every night until 3am. Yes, it was me who called the cops on you. And yes, it is impossible to get the non-emergency cop number by dialing 411 because yes, the information guy will act all snooty about it because he's gone mad with phone directory power. It would have been so much easier for everyone involved if you just would have shut the fuck up already.]
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where we say what [Apr. 17th, 2005|12:22 am]
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blchandler
Since everyone's going nutty for that Linguistics quiz, I've been scouring the web for other Linguistics goodies.

There's the grand-daddy of them all, the 553 question test that really puts you through the wringer. You can take the quiz, but I'm not sure if the data is being collected still or if it's just up for fun now. It's really long and will take you over an hour to complete. It has the infamous bubbler question, as well as what one calls several kinds of insects, pastries, dangerous games, the past tense of "to shit", and traffic stuff. And questions about the weird names for things they used in my 2nd grade English workbook, like "spigot" and "tap" for "faucet" and "skillet" and "spider" for "frying pan".

For those of you with less time who cannot sit and figure out how you pronounce the name "Craig", there's a shorter test here. After you've answered each question, it tells you about the regionalisms behind your answer. Then it gives you this weird Yankee vs. Dixie percentile. (For those keeping score, I came up 43% Yankee.)

Finally, PBS aired a show that went into pretty deep detail about American English and it's dialects and accents. A lot, too, about the nature of language itself and a large essay about the "quotative like" (e.g. And I'm like, "Are you coming or no?"). There's a few quizzes for the Cosmopolitan-reading set, but they're see-if-you-can-place-this-accent tests, not to figure out where you linguistically belong.
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"pimp" [Apr. 4th, 2005|01:46 pm]
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monkeytits
"Pimp" when you mean promote. I think I started using it because of some 1337 speaker friends of mine, and I don't hate it from that end of the spectrum, it's their lingo, I don't want to crap on people who have been very nice to me. No, I think I hate it because it's too close to "Pimp My Ride" and honestly, that fuckin' show is appearing in the comic strips in the paper, so it's either not that cool, or on it's way out the door. Like the cartoonists who did Weakest Link references 3 months after that ship had sailed.
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(no subject) [Apr. 3rd, 2005|01:15 pm]
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lemur68
Daylight Saving Time.

Not Daylight Savings Time. :)
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who's guilty? [Mar. 30th, 2005|12:26 am]
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mirielle47
[Current Mood |awake, still]

lately I've been saying "whatevs" & it's been driving my husband crazy. I told him I thought it was funny, & that I probably picked it up on the internet. He claims that not only does no one actually say "whatevs," but that no one would go so far as to type it, either (probably because it's not that much more difficult to type "whatever").

so, which one of you did I pick it up from? I can't believe that I simply engendered such lazy slang all by myself.
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