Thursday, July 28, 2005

This is an ongoing, updated, annual awards program, listing those words or phrases in the English language that make reading newspapers in print or shall we put it? ..........interesting! Nominate words you come across, too!

NEW: DEADLINE-DRIVEN INFORMATION ILLUSION ... The search is on for safer subways, in text, "One might call it the Deadline-Driven Information Illusion: You lookfor it, untilyou find it - or else. "
James P.Pinkerton,0,3173391.column?coll=ny-rightrail-columnist -

0.0001 New: "word-bomb" , coined by New York Times reporter Michael Brick, as a euphemism for the F-bomb (the F word) as in "fuck you" or "motherfucker".
July 31, 2005
QUOTE: Across the land, word-bombs are falling. In May a New York television reporter who apparently thought he wasoff the air lit into two men who had intruded on his shot, broadcasting a word-bomb to the five boroughs. This month a card player at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas made his name by launching a word-bomb across the table early in the tournament. This weekend "The Aristocrats," a documentary film about a spectacularly crude joke, opened in New York and Los Angeles, strafing the two coasts with 86-minute cluster-word-bomb raids...

000000.2 THE QUIT, the pre-quit and the post-quit, coined by columnist Mark Bazer in Chicago in a humor column about quitting one's job. He calls the phenomenon THE QUIT, turning the verb into a noun. and there' s the pre-quit preparation and the post-quit anxiety.

0.1 "WORK CREEP" = "It's definitely a case of work creep -- everyone in this industry is working harder right now because of email, globalization and wireless access," said Christopher Lochhead, chief marketing heda of Mercury Interactive, a firm in 35 countries, including Israel, where Sunday is considered a normal working day (since the Israeli Sabbath falls on Saturday, not Sunday). NEW YORK TIMES citation in article about how "for some companies in today's Internet connected world and global markets, the workday never ends." [Some people compare this new term, Work Creep, to the auto firm phenomenon of "speedup" in the 1920s, when Henry Ford increased assembly line speed without paying workhers more...]

1.1 "a man date" = see N.Y. Times article by reporter Jennifer 8. Lee for a long feature article on this wonderful new term, coined, apparently, not by the reporter herself, but she did hear it used by someone she knows. Notice there is no such term as "a woman date." Women don't need it. Men do! [Quote One from Times article by Lee: Although "man date" is a coinage invented for this article, appearing nowhere in the literature of male bonding (or of homosexual panic), the 30 to 40 straight men interviewed, from their 20's to their 50's, living in cities across the country, instantly recognized the peculiar ritual even if they had not consciously examined its dos and don'ts. ] [Quote Two: Simply defined, a man date is two heterosexual men socializing without the crutch of business or sports. It is two guys meeting for the kind of outing a straight man might reasonably arrange with a woman. Dining together across a table without the aid of a television is a man date; eating at a bar is not. Taking a walk in the park together is a man date; going for a jog is not. Attending the movie "Friday Night Lights" is a man date, but going to see the Jets play is definitely not.]

17. UPPERBACKS, a new publishing term coined by Michael Cader at (Publishers Lunch). His coinage was later picked up by a reporter for the Boston Globe, David Mehegan, and rest is ..... publishing history:

"I'm happy to admit that my favorite part of Boston Globe David Mehegan's article about the coming wave of "upgraded" mass market books is his adoption of our term "[mass] upperbacks." (PL)

"Even Harlequin Romance, whose mass-market sales have been soft lately,is getting into the act. But to Harlequin it's not just the eyes tha tare getting older. Starting in July a new Harlequin line will appear, called ''Next." Like the other ''upperbacks," the books are taller, a bit pricier ($5.50, up from the standard $4.99), and easier to read..." (BG)

"Publishers, meanwhile, are scrambling to come up with a new format. Several -- including Penguin, Pocket Books, and Harlequin Romance --have announced new lines of boomer-friendly paperbacks in the past few weeks, which some in the business have dubbed ''mass upperbacks." Other publishers are watching closely before joining in." (BG)

So what's next? Lowerback books, middleback books, spineless books? Just joking, blogsters!

1. "Planet bin Laden" -- citation: "One of the lessons we drew from our captivity was that we were immersed on planet bin Laden, especially when we were in a cell of the Islamic Army in the north" of Iraq, former hostage Pierre Malbrunot told France Radio. Also: "On Planet bin Laden, they look first at your nationality," Malbrunnot, 41, said. (The UK Observer), January 3, 2005 [Headline: Freed French hostage describes captivity as 'planet bin Laden'] . Taipei Times: So Planet bin Laden, coined from the popular Planet Hollywood restaurant chain name, now has currency, thanks to Monsieur Malbrunnot. It's a catchy phrase and might last a few years, at least until Monsieur Bin Laden is captured, tried in court and sentenced to death for unspeakable crimes against humanity. For now, Planet bin Laden is here to stay! Ouch!

2. "Wardrobe malfunction" -- Concocted by some half-cocked PR hack working for Janet Jackson's management company after she was seen unleashing one her mammary glands on an unsuspecting American public watching a Sunday football game -- yes, the Super Bowl -- this word caught on in 2004 and became popular. We like it and predict it will hang on for a good 10 years or so, as more and more actresses and actors find a need for instant media PR. We're holding on to this one! [NOTE: Used again in 2005 as headline for Prince Harry wearing Nazi uniform at party in UK: "Prince Harry's Wardrobe Malfunction" was the headline in the China Post in Taiwan.] So the term still has legs. Beware!

3. "to be dooced" = to lose your job because you blogged about the company you worked for and the boss found out some unsavory things you wrote. Email: for more info.

4. TSUNAMI -- Japanese word meaning "harbor wave". Can be singular or plural, three tsunami or three tsunamis. This word has been around for a while in English, of course, but it went global, in over 35 languages, immediately after the tragic Great Asia Tsunami of 2004 of December 26, 2004. Sure to be in the top 10 list of Words That Ring a Bell next January 1, 2006. [NOTE: Earlier newspaper uses of the term, such as "a tsunami of voter apathy" or "a tsunami of music fans" are now kind of out of place, given the real impact of this Great Asian Tsunami of 2004. We predict this word will only be used from now on in relation to tidal waves and earthquake stories.]

see also *** ''SILENT TSUNAMI'' (see oped article by Jeffrey Sachs, Washington Post or Los Angeles Times... (and tag line of some new ads in TIME magazine about famine in African nations)

and.... *** ''TSUNAMI TOURISTS'' (see Time magazine, article by Andrew Perrin, Feb 21 issue from Phuket, Thailand)

5. "NARRATIVE TCHOTCHKES" -- New Uses for Yiddishisms Department: Stephen Holden, a movie critic for the New York Times, in a review of the movie "Wimbledon," stretches his understanding of Yiddish and goes for a home run, writing: "The movie [which he basically liked, by the way] is strung with many annoying narrative tchotchkes....For example, Peter and Lizzie meet cute in a hotel when he is accidentally given the keys to her suite and catches her in the shower; Lizzie and her father have a noisy little dog that threatens to give away a secret midnight rendezvous; a comet apppears just in time to underline a passionate kiss; and a worshipful ball boy keeps reappearing in the film -- Peter's good luck omen." [NARRATIVE TSCHOTCHKES? Stephen Holden, shame on you! Or maybe, we should say, good on ya, mate! Yiddish evolves, nu? Calling Bill Safire, calling Bill Safire!] [It's not your grandmother's Yiddish anymore, is it? Since when did tzotchkes develop narratives?] Maybe Critic Holden is on to something here....

6. "Relationship obituaries" -- when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston broke up in early January 2004, news reports surfaced that several media outlets had prepared a relationship obituary on the Pitt-Anniston marriage situation and a new term was born: relationship obituaries. Some major news organizations prepare obituaries about famous people and celebrities in advance of their deaths, so the media can rush out quickly with a death notice and story. Now some media groups are preparing "relationship obituaries" -- who knew? -- about famous couples and other VIP relationships. One magazine denied they do this: An editor at US magazine told Derrick Lang of the Associated Press in New York that "we don't have relationship obituaries ready to go." They will soon!

7. ''Stunt-casting'' --- re the recent movie "Beyond the Sea", about Bobby Darin, starring Kevin Spacey, a NYTimes analysis of recent films calls Spacey's work: "He does a good impersonation of Bobby Darin, though, which turns the film into a giant exercise in stunt-casting?" [What the heck is stunt-casting? We like the term, but don't understand it.....yet!]

8. ''vindex'' -- (visibility index) -- from a New York Times article by Alan B. Krueger: (January 2005) headlined: "It's now official: Rich people consume more conspicuously" QUOTE: "The index of visibility, or vindex, is the average score for how long it would take to notice that the consumer spent more than average on a product."

9. '' celebrity cemetery'' -- A news article about the death of a famous fashion designer in Germany said he was bured in a "celebrity cemetery." What the heck is that?

10. '' Slump buster '' = see Maureen Dowd's NYTimes column Feb. 21ish

11. ''road beef '' = see Maureen Dowd's NYTimes column Feb. 21ish

12. ''Dutch tulip moment'' = [see column on blogging by William Powers in National Journal, google] QUOTE: "....Powers dismisses our current infatuation with bloggers as a fad in a National Journal column, "Why Blogs Are Like Tulips." Powers doesn't disparage these lowly but mighty scriveners, writing that their greatest attributes are bird-dogging factual errors in the press, speaking in a vernacular, and having fun. But he says they "don't have resources or, in most cases, the skills to do the heavy journalistic lifting that the big American outlets still do better than anyone, and will continue to do for a very long time.""We're having a Dutch tulip moment with the bloggers. This, too, shall pass," he concludes."] [MORE: What's a Dutch tulip moment, you ask? "That's a reference to a giant financial bubble of the 1600's that happened in Holland," says our source. "Financial historians and journalists often use it as the premier example of a particular commodity (tulips in this case, tech stocks and maybe bloggers in others) becoming the subject of an irrational craze. Here's one little synopsis: ]

13. "flow" - the notion of FLOW was coined by Mihaly C., a professor at Claremont in California, GOOGLE him, the author of a book called "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience." Flow, in essence, is a state of deep cognitive engagement people achieve when performing ab activity that demands a certain level of focus, like writing or checking email.

14. Screenager = a "SCREENAGER", mentioned in William Safire's column ON LANGUAGE, from a book. means young people of today who grew up with email, internet, cellphones, etc., so a screen monitor or a monitor screen is very natural to their lives. From teenager, new word is coined as screenager. Clever. Will it last? Who knows? Teenager has lasted. We will see.

15. UPPERBACK BOOKS, also known as "upperbacks" -- a publishing term coined in 2004 or 2005 by Michael Cader of and also appearing in a news article by Boston Globe book reporter David Mehegan:

"Even Harlequin Romance, whose mass-market sales have been soft lately,is getting into the act. But to Harlequin it's not just the eyes that are getting older. Starting in July 2005 a new Harlequin line will appear, called ''Next." Like the other ''upperbacks," the books are taller, abit pricier and easier to read.But, as the name suggests, the stories will focus on romance withheroines at the ''next" stage of life: Their kids are grown, they maybe widowed.

Says Cader: "The coinage is official, and I'm happy to admit that my favorite part of David Mehegan's recent article in the Boston Globe about the coming wave of "upgraded" mass marketbooks is his adoption of Publisher's Lunch's term "[mass] upperbacks."

16. "asylum shoppers" = immigrants from poor Third World countries who shop around to find the best country to emigrate to, in terms of welfare benefits, health care benefits, employment opportunities, education, etc. They seek asylum, usually political asylum, in countries like the UK, the USA, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, etc.

17. ''Pokkuri '' = a Japanese term meaning "to pop off" when you die......quietly, suddenly, in one's sleep, or a sudden heart attack. A "pokkuri moment" is what many people hope and pray for, and in fact, there is a Buddhist temple in Japan where people pray to used underwear hoping that they will pop off in old age, rather than spend weeks, months, years in a hospital or nursing home and be a burden to their familes. See for more information on this word increasingly popular in USA and UK now.

pokkuri , to die quietly in sleep, discreet death, RIP, old age

彼は「愛してるよ」と言って、ぽっくりと死んだ in Japanese

[kare wa "aishite'ru yo" to itte, pokkuri to shinda] in romaji

He said "I love you," and dropped dead. (translation)

18. ''SKYSCRAPERS'' = tall, thin ads that appear in websites, blogs, emails, homepages on the Internet

19. SPLOID - a Drudge-like headline news blog with a tabloid look, run by the Nick Denton people

20. Walter Kirn: "Women bend the truth, of course, but not like men do. Women fudge, but men construct whole chocolate factories." (from GQ magazine)


NOTE: You may nominate words or phrases that you think are worth noting by adding a comment below. Write to: [that is d underline h underline 888 at mark yahoo dot com]. This first awards list will be published in January 2006, and released in late December 2004. If the world is still standing.

The Words That Ring A Bell Awards List is released each year in late December, just in time for New Year's Day. This is attributed to the fact that New Year's Day is traditionally a slow news day, and newspaper editors are looking for stories to fill space on the front page or inside. Also, reporters and wire services are desperate for news.


At February 24, 2005 at 1:20 AM, Blogger dan said...





1. "....Sometimes the man would like to be loved a litte bit more though. Spent three years trying to give what the oncewife wanted. She went elsewhere to find it. I'm now the wasband and learned to do fine at letting things be, mostly."

2. "Now he's The Wasband and I'm The Oncewife, not the nickname I was going for."

At February 25, 2005 at 4:36 AM, Blogger dan said...


But for those who simply must see skin on Super Bowl Sunday, there is this:

A clothing-optional club in Land O' Lakes is hosting a "Wardrobe
Malfunction" Super Bowl party at which guests are encouraged to wear
"their favorite tear-away, see-through or otherwise `malfunctioning'
clothing -- or none at all," according to a publicity release.

"Unlike the NFL, CBS and MTV," said club owner Joe Lettelleir, "we
freely admit that this is completely staged and premeditated."

wardrobe malfunction, noun. from WORDSPY.COM

A problem with a part of one's clothing; an
error in fashion judgment.

At March 6, 2005 at 10:26 AM, Blogger dan said...

SCREENAGER, mentioned in William Safire's column ON LANGUAGE today, from a book. means young people who grew up with email, internet, cellphones, etc.

At May 19, 2005 at 5:27 AM, Blogger dan said...

And let's not forget "stoopidhead: someone who doesn't know how to spell the word they made up" . . .

The editors of the Miriam–Webster Dictionary have assembled a list of "Top Ten Favorite Words Not in the Dictionary,"

based on suggestions sent in to its website by "vocabularians." The company says it got so many thousands of suggestions that "we craughed (to cry and laugh simultaneously)."

Among the winners: At number 2, "confuzzled (adj): confused and puzzled at the same time"; at number 7, "phonecrastinate (v): to put off answering the phone until caller ID displays the incoming name and number": and, at number 10, "lingweenie (n): a person incapable of producing neologisms."

At May 19, 2005 at 9:55 PM, Blogger dan said...

Dear Dan,

Thanks for your e-mail. We're not taking any more submissions for your
favorite words not entered in the dictionary,


your blog's list is
interesting -- the more so because they come from ***actual instances of written
use which are always of interest to lexicographers.

[Thank you, Bill Safire!]

In any event, save
your words and keep watching our site: the survey was so popular, we will
certainly consider running it again!

Thanks for taking the time to write,

Kory Stamper, Associate Editor
Merriam-Webster, Inc.

At June 11, 2005 at 11:22 PM, Blogger dan said...

I ate it up, buying as many scandal-related tchotchkes as I could. I spent three bucks on something called The Watergate Scandal, "a game of cover-up and deception for the whole family."

John Kelly, Washington Post

At June 18, 2005 at 8:59 PM, Blogger dan said...

Antisemitism presupposes the existence of the ......WJCTEEMJFAMO..... (Worldwide Jewish Conspiracy That Everyone Except My Jewish Friends Are Members Of).

At July 3, 2005 at 4:42 AM, Blogger dan said...

And now Norman Mailer is calling Michiko Kakutani a "one-woman kamikaze" and threefer, a twofer, an Asiatic, ouch!

see blogsite here:

At July 28, 2005 at 9:20 AM, Blogger dan said...


"One might call it the Deadline-Driven Information Illusion: You look for it, until
you find it - or else."

James Pinkerton, NEWSDAY
July 28, 2005

Great column about subway searches in post-911 NYC.....and this wonderful term.....DDII.....a classic was born today!

At July 28, 2005 at 9:24 AM, Blogger dan said...

The search is on for safer subways

Jul 26, 2005

On Friday afternoon, on the first day of the new random-inspection-of-bags policy on New York City's mass transit, I thought I'd see for myself how it was working. What I found reveals something about counterterrorism - and also about journalism.

I am standing in the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal. I figure that if I were an al-Qaida terrorist, this would be a pretty good place to strike. But although I saw a few cops standing around - when have I not seen cops at Grand Central? - it was pretty much the usual rush hour crowd, rushing around uninspected.

So, looking for trouble - that's part of my job as a journalist, to look for trouble - I head over to the Times Square shuttle train. I follow a middle-aged lady pulling a suitcase on rollers. Is anybody going to search her? She climbs on and off the train, unhassled. In fact, I don't see a cop anywhere.

At the Times Square station, hub of nine different train lines, it's the usual scene of spontaneous order, hundreds of thousands strong. If your goal were to gain worldwide headlines through an evil, murderous attack, this would be the spot. But once again, not only do I see no terrorists, but barely any cops - and no searches.

Looking for some kind of angle, I walk up to a fellow who is holding a sign that reads "Free Stress Test." The man, who calls himself Nate, is a Scientologist, offering a free diagnostic hookup to the Tom Cruise machines. Thinking myself clever, I ask Nate if there's been an uptick in his traffic, what with all the new stress in the world in the last few weeks. He looks at me strangely. I guess that's my answer.

If I had been a beat reporter, sent out to "get the story" about the new random- checking policy, I'd have been getting nervous about now. That is, I would not want to call my editor and say, "Hey, boss, there's really not much visible difference out here - like none." After all, we both would have seen the headlines already in the morning tabloids - "Halt!" in the Post, "Ride and Seek" in the Daily News and "The Search for Security" in Newsday - giving the impression, bolstered by photos, that there was a Big Brother, or at least an Officer Friendly, on every subway car.

So I, too, would have trolled around underground until I found a cop doing random searches. One might call it the Deadline-Driven Information Illusion: You look for it, until you find it - or else. If I had kept looking long enough, I would eventually have found someone protesting the search of his bag. And if I were really lucky, I would have found a group of protesters. That might have gotten me and my "news" account on the front page.

But none of that happened. Instead, I observed a commuter day that seemed like any other day.

Yes, I know that big stuff is going on, for real, around the world, as bombs go off all over Eurasia. And in London on Friday, the cops shot and killed the wrong guy; they thought he was a terrorist, when he was, in fact, an electrician.

Meanwhile, the temperature's rising here, too, as random crazy people collide with the random-search program, thin as it might be. On Sunday, Penn Station was evacuated for more than an hour because some jerk threw his backpack at an Amtrak agent, declaring that it was a bomb.

So this is the way we must live now. What 9/11 and other events taught us is that terrorists don't need a government to sponsor them, they just need murderous intent and a bathtub full of chemicals.

And so, all of sudden, millions of angry people are now potential terrorists. And they are everywhere. I don't know whether random searches are the answer, but I do know this: We will look back and say that subway searches were easy, compared to all the other homeland-defense tactics we will be using in the years to come.

At July 31, 2005 at 8:25 AM, Blogger dan said...

new word nominated:

word-bomb, euphemism for F-bomb, use of the F word in print or conversation or TV/film shows....


Published: July 31, 2005

ACROSS the USA, word-bombs are falling. What the fuck?

In May a New York television reporter who apparently thought he was
off the air lit into two men who had intruded on his shot,
broadcasting a word-bomb to the five boroughs.

This month a card player at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas
made his name by launching a word-bomb across the table early in the

This weekend "The Aristocrats," a documentary film about a
spectacularly crude joke, opened in New York and Los Angeles, strafing
the coasts with 86-minute cluster-word-bomb raids.

And all that art, if you want to call it that, reflects life, if you
want to call it that. In the schoolyards kids bomb the pencils, the
books and the teachers' dirty looks. Outside office buildings smokers
bomb their bosses, and nonsmokers bomb the smokers. On the streets
T-shirts bomb milk in favor of marijuana, bomb the space between the
words New York and City and even bomb you just because "we're from

Even the culture's hallowed spaces are no longer bomb-free zones.
Baseball players can be seen on television mouthing inaudible bombs in
the dugout. The vice president of the United States bombed a colleague
on the Senate floor.

For cultural Chicken Littles, these are heady days. It is easy to make
a case that the particular word-bomb on all these lips - that
undefeated heavyweight champ of profanity, that King of the Cuss Words
- is so commonly heard now that it's moving toward ho-hum status. Once
the word gets in, the argument goes, there could be no line of defense
against all the other words known by their first letters. "You know
what I blame this on the breakdown of?" as Moe Syzlak of "The
Simpsons" once asked. "Society."

But now polite society (if you want to call it that) seems to be
taking a stand. While some profane words gain tacit acceptance over
time, repetition is having the opposite effect for the word-bomb. For
every inroad it makes (peppering the scripts of HBO programming like
grapeshot, for example), the old word-bomb is encountering some
pushback. That broadcast reporter, Arthur Chi'en of WCBS-TV, lost his
job. That poker player, Mike Matusow, known as the Mouth, was banished
from the table for 40 minutes, losing forced bets. And AMC
Entertainment, which owns the country's second-largest chain of movie
houses, declined to book "The Aristocrats," effectively keeping the
movie and its word-bomb payload from 3,500 screens.

And with each round of back and forth, the dual standard seems to come
into ever sharper relief. Take the clunky construction "word-bomb"
itself. I've made it up as a stand-in for a well-known hyphenated term
that refers to an actual profanity. In use for at least a decade, the
original hyphenated term (which begins with the first letter of the
profanity and ends with "bomb") gives a knowing wink to the actual
profanity's paradoxical place as a taboo in wide circulation.

All this shorthand in letter-word form may be infantilizing, but it
illustrates a kind of cultural cognitive dissonance over when, where
and whether to use profanity. Among some people, in some social
settings, the well-timed word-bomb is a knowing bit of transgression
meant to flash the message: I'm no square. It shows a streak of
rebelliousness, even if a mild one, in a world where rebellion has few
outlets. In other words, it shows a certain cool.

"When we want to break the rules," said Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist
at Stanford University, "you have these words."

But when those same transgressors get to the office, they will most
likely watch their tongues, at least away from the water cooler, as
they uphold the polite-society taboo. "The idea that there are no
rules is a big mistake," Mr. Nunberg said. It's just that "the rules
are more flexible, and we break them more often."

EXAMPLES of deliberate omission abound: The New Yorker and this
newspaper both address an educated readership, but the magazine prints
the actual profanity, while The New York Times does not. And very
rarely does the paper print those obvious, winking, letter-word
stand-ins. As The Times's two-page stylebook entry on obscenity says,
"An article should not seem to be saying, 'Look, I want to use this
word but they won't let me.' "

At August 7, 2005 at 8:06 AM, Blogger dan said...


John Tierney uses that word -- which I can't remember having seen before -- in his NYT op-ed today. Is that just a Tierney word, a coinage he's pushing? I see The Atlantic had a piece back in 1998, in its "Wordwatch" column that tracks new words and usages:

explornography noun,a consuming fascination with famous and, especially, dangerous explorations -- for example, Richard Byrd's expeditions to Antarctica -- that may include a desire to retrace such trips in person: "We had been seduced by an odd modern phenomenon, the glorification of exploration at a time when the entire planet has been mapped. The Age of Exploration has been succeeded by the Age of Explornography" (New York Times Magazine).

BACKGROUND: Soft-core explornographers are content to experience super-dangerous adventure travel vicariously, a thrill easily had through books and films. Hard-core explornographers -- a group whose number has been rising sharply in recent years -- spend vast sums on gear, guides, training, and whatever else is needed to undertake such expeditions themselves. These explornographers are, typically, outdoorsy amateurs, many of whom live and work in urban settings. A good proportion are women, and the average age of hard-core explornographers of both sexes is about fifty.
But a little more reseach shows that quote in The Atlantic was written by John Tierney, back in the July 26, 1998 issue of the NYT Magazine, in an article called "Going Where A Lot of Other Dudes With Really Great Equipment Have Gone Before." That's his quote in The Atlantic

At August 7, 2005 at 8:07 AM, Blogger dan said... to me


Dear Sir

Thank you for writing about my column on the Op-Ed page. As I've unfortunately discovered, there are too many letters for me to reply to each one individually (that is, if I have any hope of getting another column done this week), but I will read and consider them all.


At August 12, 2005 at 1:29 AM, Blogger dan said...


First there was man date, now there is girl crush....

In the August 11, 2005, issue of the New York Times, reporter
Stephanie Rosenbloom wrote a story headlined "She's So Cool, So Smart,
So Beautiful: Must Be a Girl Crush."

It's when a woman really likes
another woman, not sexually but intellectually or for her fashion
sense or adventurous life. Girl crush. A new old word become new


"Ms. Buice, who lives with her boyfriend, calls her
attraction to a woman she met at a party recently "a girl
crush", a phrase that many women in their 20's and 30's use in
conversation, post on blogs and read in magazines. It refers to that
fervent infatuation that one heterosexual woman develops for another
woman who may seem impossibly sophisticated, gifted, beautiful or
accomplished. And while a girl crush is, by its informal definition,
not sexual in nature, the feelings that it triggers - excitement,
nervousness, a sense of novelty - are very much like those that
accompany a new romance."


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