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26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using
Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don't get much use today, but are worth sneaking into conversation. 1. A shape in a drape A well-dressed person. "Usually she just wears jeans, but she sure is a shape in a drape in that dress." 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. These were collected from Straight From the Fridge, Dad: A Dictionary of Hipster Slang by Max Décharné and A Historical Dictionary of American Slang. 38 Wonderful Foreign Words With No English Equivalent * 13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using * The Surprisingly Dirty Etymology of 9 Everyday Words * 26 Things You Might Not Know Were Named After Places

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Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal In his study of text messaging culture, linguist David Crystal asks us to picture the investors' meeting when the mobile phone was first unveiled. We've created a method of calling anybody, any time, anywhere, the inventors might have said. Phone home from the middle of a field or hear the voice of a loved one atop Everest! One more thing: we want to put in a facility that allows people to thumb a message of no more than 160 characters, in case they want to communicate that way instead. "In a logical world, text messaging should not have survived," writes Crystal and he is right.

Shakespeare Insult Kit Shakespeare Insult Kit Since 1996, the origin of this kit was listed as anonymous. It came to me on a piece of paper in the 90's with no attribution, and I thought it would make a cool web page. Though I searched for the origin, I could never find it. In 2014, Lara M informed found the originating author. It appears to be an English teacher at Center Grove High School in Greenwood Indiana named Jerry Maguire. 25 TED Talks that will change how you see the world Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” If this sounds like a philosophy you can relate to, then you’ll love TED talks. These informational 17 minute presentations are given at annual conferences by some of the world’s greatest thinkers. Their aim is simple: To inspire ideas and change attitudes around the world. As of April 2014, there were over 1,700 of these incredible talks available free online to choose from.

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Yes, good one! Let me know if you manage it ;) Focus your audio Know your groceries Off the cob X-ray eyes Zonk on the head (this one totally sound like something you'd easily use) Fun find! by megela Feb 4

"Interviewing Your Brains" ring very true for me. I'm going to have to work that one into my lingo. How about you? by featherking Feb 3