So does The Hairpin just post half-assed essays written by friends of the editors now?
@missedconnections Yes, I'm always relieved when there are no men around, so I can drop the pretense that I'm interested in anything besides health, parenting, and talking about boys.
Did anyone else find it ironic that he used "biddies" in this article in a way that is totally divorced from what is immediately evoked in my age set? As in, he was using it to talk about Milton, not the female consort of jocks.
Although, maybe the "biddy" I'm thinking of is actually spelled "bitty".
@leonstj I'm a current college student, and for me, long words seem like a crutch for people in order to intimidate their interlocutor and establish an assumption that their ideas are sound or more complex than they really are.
However, in that sentence I just wrote, "interlocutor" might seem like a pretentious word. I certainly would avoid it in everyday conversation. I'd argue that its use was to streamline the sentence. Beating around the the long-word-bush is in some ways as pretentious as using them too much. It's the equivalent of saying, "Oh, I don't want you to think I'm a snob. I'm one of the people!"
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I can offer stuff in class like, "He builds his argument around an ethos of inevitable historical dialectics," which isn't a complicated concept, but is made to seem shinier with word choice.
There's also the incredible embarrassment of misusing a big word (which I might have done in that little example). It really makes you look like an asshole.
Ok, THS is why I read this blog.
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy penis was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me and my penis, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into my penis, if you want to know the truth.
That first women's magazine is an important moment in our lives. For me, it was when my friend lent me a bunch of old Seventeen magazines. Allegedly I simply HAD TO use clear eyebrow grooming gel. That was the secret to not being an awkward middle schooler.
@psychedelicate As further proof, I just got overemotional about the findings of this study.
I find this kind of unbelievable. I'm half Ukrainian, and my people are ridiculously overly emotional, passionate, and sentimental. My family may be especially unstable, but I have heard on numerous occasions that Ukrainians are VERY EMOTIONAL. Like, that's a common stereotype to those who actually know what a Ukrainian is. I mean, Christ, listen to Tchaikovsky. I was JUST listening to the first movement of the 4th Symphony, and it was, um, very emotional?
In re recycling books:
My local used bookstore recycles all the books they are unwilling to give me 5 cents for.