By Miss Maszkerádi on Doubleplusungood

@leon s The problem I have with stuff like "amazeballs" is the way the new slang builds so much hyperbole into itself that one can't possibly use it in any other way than sarcastically, ironically or with a sort of bored world-weary apathy. I know i'm being all "O Tempora, o Mores!" today but my generation's driving me nuts, the way they'd rather be caught dead than expressing any actual emotion or opinion.

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm 4

By leonstj on Doubleplusungood

It's odd...I'm very much a descriptivist (when it commons to grammar & words, not at all on naming theory) and I'm generally all "ugh, leave people alone stupid grammar jerks, words change, the whole point of language is intelligibility, if it gets your point across, who cares if words change."

But...I dunno. As much as I'm here on one thread in love with the slang of my youth, I just...I can't stand the new slang I hear.

I am aware that this makes me "an old." But I'm 30. It's okay for me to not like new slang, right? Like, I here my friends say "crazypants" and "amazeballs" and "douchenozzle" and I just...ugh, it makes me cringe. I don't really care what people in their teens and twenties say - who am I too judge the young'uns? - but I just can't, and never will, bring myself to say these new words.

tl;dr - "GET OFF MY LAWN, I'm keeping your frisbee."

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm 4

By Anne Helen Petersen on Mascarapedia, Volume I

I fail at being a girl because all of these pictures (save the very first) look the same to me.

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm 16

By VolcanoMouse on 'Pinners Unite for Good!

Okay, so Scouting-- it can be kind of badges-and-popsicle-stick-based in the States, but the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is doing some badass stuff elsewhere. It's not a cool niche charity, but it's important! A dear friend just did a stint at the WAGGGS Sangam Centre in India, and they did stuff like educating local scouts about AIDS prevention and environmental awareness and helping set up a day care for the kids of the city's sex workers, along with tons of other, real-impact projects.

Important stuff for the future of women!

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm 2

By ylime on 'Pinners Unite for Good!

The DC Abortion fund! They're a wonderful organization that makes a HUGE difference.

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm 4

By atipofthehat on Amusingly Horrible Things I Have Said: The Bracket

@Too Much Internet


Posted on May 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm 14

By Maven on [Maybe] Good Books That Defined You

@elysian fields THE WESTING GAME!!!!

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 10:13 am 2

By cuminafterall on [Maybe] Good Books That Defined You

I've already commented above on Madeleine L'Engle and E. L. Konigsburg, but Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game tops my list. I bought it from the Scholastic Book Club in first grade, realized it was too old for me, picked it up again at 9 and have loved it ever since. It's the book that taught me cleverness, strategizing and a good head for business weren't exclusively the province of bad guys (or guys at all).

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 10:07 am 8

By DullHypothesis on Katie Roiphe Responds

No lady, they mean that shit was boring.

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm 11

By nate@twitter on Never Bike

@ImASadGiraffe This is a good example of why driving should scare you. Thank you for selling your car!

Posted on April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm 1