Friday, August 15, 2008

Wordy again

I have an enormous collection of words for the end of posts. It's getting out of control; I don't use every Urban Dictionary choice, but I save many of them for appropriate days. However, between Urban Dictionary and WordSpy, I have over 40 currently saved. So in a post that will be boring for those of you who don't like this sort of thing, here are some of those I can't figure out how to use but I hate to delete.

Urban Word:
text support: Advice, encouragement delivered via text... frequently related to dating and boss hating. Pronounced like tech support.

I'm kind of wondering tonight if I need to provide some text support to a friend who doesn't sound like her evening is going to be fun.

Urban Word:
proximity infatuation: An infatuation that develops out of close-quarters operation with another person.

With school starting back up, all those proximity infatuations of summer are coming to an end, to be exchanged for new ones at school.

Urban Word:
Application for Debt: An offer of credit from a financial institution.

The Applications for Debt go directly to the shredder in our house.

Urban Word:
bats in the cave: visible clumps of nose goblins, often found clinging to nasal hair.

It's awfully uncomfortable to talk to someone with a large collection of bats in the cave.

Urban Word:
photobombing: Intentionally posing in other people's photos, for a later surprise.
Usually people making funny faces in the background, without the knowledge of the main subjects of the photo.

I think I need to start looking at the photos I've taken on vacation to check for signs of photobombing.

Urban Word:
ITYF: Acronym for 'I think you'll find' because sometimes FYI just isn't irritating and smug enough.

There are certain ponytailed acquaintances of mine for whom this acronym was created.

Urban Word:
date shield: A female 'friend' who shows no outward interest in you, but will go all out to prevent you from hooking with other women by slagging you behind your back.

I think the date shield phenomenon is WAY more prevalent in reverse: guys who get in the way of their female friends' dating lives. Why does it seem so much worse for guys when they have to deal with it.

WordSpy Word:
WORD: n. A child who is given lots of time for unstructured activities and play during the day.

I think I grew up as a free-range kid. Who knew?

WordSpy Word:
white pollution: n. Litter, particularly plastic bags, but also papers, cups, and food containers.

There must be a reason why most of our garbage in this country is made up of white pollution; oh the irony!

WordSpy Word:
pinkwashing: pp. Using support for breast cancer research to market products, particularly products that cause cancer.

U.S. corporations aren't all that worried about the obviousness of the hypocrisy of pinkwashing, but I hope consumers are more so.

OK, and one fun thing I found at the hat's place awhile ago. It is a game in which you try to come up with the top 100 most common words in English in five minutes. Go play. It's harder than it sounds.

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