Adoxography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Adoxography is a term coined in the late 19th century, and means “fine writing on a trivial or base subject”. It was a form of rhetorical exercise “in which the legitimate methods of the encomium are applied to persons or objects in themselves obviously unworthy of praise, as being trivial, […]

“At some point, we’ve all parked in the wrong garage.”

“At some point, we’ve all parked in the wrong garage.” – Roger Sterling – Mad Men (AMC TV) Roger was apologizing for making a pass at Betty  

exulansis

exulansis n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story

Onism: The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time

onism n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die—and […]

“Pareidolia”

Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia   This is where you see ‘faces’ in pictures and objects. Eyes, noses and mouth on up to very intricate facial features. 😎

Weasel Words

“Weasel words” are words that are intended to, or have the effect of, softening the force of a potentially loaded or controversial statement. The term was coined by Stewart Chaplin in a 1900 short story and invokes the image of a sneaky weasel wriggling its way out of tight spaces in the same way that […]

chrysalism

chrysalism n. the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm… http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/21547053916/chrysalism

I’ll eat my hat.

Used as in… I will be very surprised. (Used to express strong disbelief in something.) “If Joe really joins the Army, I’ll eat my hat.” “If this car gives you any trouble, I’ll eat my hat.”   http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/I’ll+eat+my+hat

Liberosis

liberosis n. the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it …

I’m Your Huckleberry

19th century slang which was popularized more recently by the movie Tombstone. Means “I’m the man you’re looking for”. Nowadays it’s usually used as a response to a threat or challenge, as in the movie. “Who thinks they can beat me?” “I’m your huckleberry.” I’m your huckleberry

lachesism

n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap […]

“I Accidentally…”

“I Accidentally…” is a catchphrase, internet slang, and trolling mechanism meant to exploit the imagination of English-speaking internet users. It is used by constructing a complete sentence that begins with “I accidentally” and removing the verb, leaving readers wondering what had been there in the first place. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-accidentally http://www.fark.com/comments/6108474/Photoshop-theme-I-accidentally-whole-thing

“I told him to be himself. That was pretty mean I guess.”

“I told him to be himself. That was pretty mean I guess.” – Roger Sterling

Raymond Kertezc

Raymond Kertezc – Fictional Character Raymond Kertezc is a fictional Poet included in the Minnesota_Multiphasic_Personality_Inventory assessment, survey or test as a control question to help determine if the respondent is actually paying attention to the test questions. There are many articles and a few blogs either about our esteemed poet, his purpose, or even some […]

“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they aren’t.” –Yogi Berra

“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they aren’t.” —Yogi Berra.

By Jingo

The expression “by Jingo” is apparently a minced oath that appeared rarely in print, but which may be traced as far back as to at least the 17th century in a transparent euphemism for “by Jesus“. The OED attests the first appearance in 1694, in an English edition of the works of François Rabelais as […]

The man on the Clapham omnibus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The man on the Clapham omnibus is a hypothetical reasonable person, used by the courts in English law where it is necessary to decide whether a party has acted as a reasonable person would – for example, in a civil action for negligence. The man on the Clapham omnibus is a reasonably educated and intelligent […]

Pig in a Poke.

Pig in a Poke.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_in_a_poke

I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy!

I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy! – The Honorable William J. Lepetomane (Mel Brooks) in Blazing Saddles (1974) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0152998/quotes The Governor expected everyone to show agreement with him by giving him a ‘harrumph’. One politician neglected to do so until urged on by Hedley Lamarr.      

Eggcorns and mondegreens

What the heck are these? Eggcorns and mondegreens   http://grammarist.com/mondegreens/    

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