Links I Love: Use Your Words

… because information is FASCINATING & FUN dammit.

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  • BE COOL ON FLEEK AGAIN.

Learn the latest slang, and feel old because you don’t know it, here.

  • HELP SAVE THE WORDS!

Become aware of some perfectly good English words, destined for extinction, here.

  • MEMORIZE THEM ALL.

Review some of Nancy Drew’s most delightfully cutting quotes here.

  • THEORETICALLY ABSURDLY FASCINATING.

Ruminate on the Snunkoople Effect, a made-up Seussian-style word for a mathematical explanation of why something is funny, here.

  • SNARK MUCH?

Find out how to express yourself like a true-born and bred Southerner here.

  • WE’LL NOT SPEAK OF THIS AGAIN.

Remind yourself about the Noodle Incident, and how much you loved Calvin and Hobbes, here.

  • JUST BECAUSE YOU NEED TO KNOW.

Determine which character you are in Downton Abbey here 

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29 thoughts on “Links I Love: Use Your Words”

  1. Oh fun!
    I have kids, so I’m up on the slang. On fleek is more about how things look, by the way. I regularly use 6 of those words headed for extinction. I’ve known those southern phrases since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I, too, am Lady Edith. That quiz made me laugh so hard this morning!

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    1. joey, I didn’t understand the nuanced nature of “on fleek” and have misused it here, confirming that I’m too old to use it. The words headed for extinction made me sad, because they still have value. Some of the southern phrases I grew up with, but not all of them. Glad you enjoyed the quiz, Lady Edith.

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  2. I used to be so current with my slang! Now, away from teenagers, I’m dreadfully Out Of It. And, for someone who read Nancy Drew like it was her job (before switching to the much more relatable Trixie Belden series), I have zero memory of any of those statements. But it was so long ago! And didn’t they try to bring Nancy Drew back at least twice already?

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    1. nance, I didn’t know these slang phrases either, and apparently did not use “on fleek” properly. Oh my! I read some Nancy Drew books but don’t remember these quotes at all. Of course as a girl I was reading for the plot, not the quips. I remember one ND series in the 80s but were there more? Don’t know.

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  3. Great post. I’m surprised they didn’t include “That frosted my gizzard!” in the Southern phrases. I have a friend here who uses that frequently. And I am like Anna in the Downton Abbey quiz. Fun!!

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    1. Beth, I’ve heard that phrase, now that you mention it. Maybe they’ll be a follow up article with it in it! So Anna, what’s it like working for Lady Mary?

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  4. I was reading that article on slang and was all, “Boom! I know what FOMO is.” And then it turned out that it wasn’t one of the words after all.

    Also, I used the word “boom” in this comment. So that gives you an indication of how many of those other words I knew (note: it was zero).

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    1. I’m now replying to my own comment to note that I use three of the words in danger of extinction on a regular basis (I actually used one since lunch. I’m looking at you, anathema). I think what we’ve all learned from these two comments is that I am most definitely not cool. I am quite possibly old as well.

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      1. Sarah, those slang words got to me. They were all new to me, and I felt as old as the women in the photo that went with the article. Oy vey!

        As for the words destined for extinction, I’ve never seen two of them before: Absquatulate + Sockdolager. The other words I’ve used in writing more than in everyday conversation, although Rumpus is a darned good word that I plan on saying more often in the future.

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  5. That was fun. I recognize a bunch of the words, destined for extinction since I have been reading Agatha Christie’s Poirot books. She uses a lot of these words and I am so glad I have a dictionary in my e-reader.
    Oh, and I am another Lady Edith.

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    1. la p, I can imagine the words destined for extinction showing up in an Agatha Christie mystery. She had a way with words, and red herrings, as I recall. 😉 There are so many Lady Ediths reading this blog. Perhaps we need to start our own club?

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    1. Margaret, Lady Edith does seem to be the most popular result of that quiz! Kind of odd. I find it funny that the kids hide the slang from you. Maybe they’re worried that if they tell you, you’ll know it in French and make them learn yet another vocabulary word!

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  6. Last time I had extended time off, I accidentally wandered onto TV Tropes via Shemp Howard, and wound up wasting probably double digit hours clicking through the fascinating information they have over there. Your link to The Noodle Incident nearly made me relapse!

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    1. evilsquirrel13, I agree about TV Tropes. It is mesmerizing. And once you start reading anything over there, you gotta learn more. Sorry that I almost sent you over the edge into trope-y oblivion.

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