fun with words
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"AMERICAN: With the prefix 'all,' a blonde."

Teju Cole's homage to Flaubert's "Dictionary of Received Ideas" started germinating on Twitter and is up at the New Yorker now. A few excerpts:

AMERICAN. With the prefix “all,” a blonde.

EMIGRÉ. Jewish immigrant.

MAGISTERIAL. Large book, written by a man.

MIGRANT. Mexican immigrant.

YEATS. Author of two quotations.

 This is also great:

CARAMEL. Term used to describe black women’s skin. No other meaning known.

CHOCOLATE. Term used to describe black women’s skin. No other meaning known.

MOCHA. Term used to describe black women’s skin. No other meaning known.

On a related note, the Atlantic sub-blogs "twerk" with its great compilation of nerdy [...]

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Sentence Names

After my friend introduced himself to me as "Philip May, my name makes a sentence," I became obsessed with Sentence Names. There was Jessica Struggles, Jenny Rocks, Jeff Hurt, Emily Rose, etc. Once you've heard of them, you see Sentence Names everywhere. Here are some you may have heard of: Dean Winters.

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Fictional Establishments We Would Like to Open One Day

1. Curryoke: karaoke bar featuring only Bollywood songs

2. Cinco de Mayo Clinic: Mexican hospital for difficult cases

3. Gluten Tag: gluten-free german bakery

4. Frit-tatas: strip club/brunch place

5. Sexon Valdez: Alaskan whorehouse

6. Scuba Libre: underwater Cuban restaurant

7. Oi!nk: punk rock BBQ

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Getting to Know New York as a Freelance Demographer

I have been in NYC for two years, and I’ve realized I can meander until my feet are blistered and sore, and still know relatively little about New Yorkers. I wanted to get to know some different neighborhoods using my own metric. The Dictionary.com app on my phone comes with a weird feature that I thought had a lot of potential: you can see a list of words people near you have looked up with the app recently. I would become a demographer, though lacking the de rigueur education and credibility and all that.

I went to around 20 NYC  hoods (mostly Brooklyn). Not only did give me an excuse for [...]