Topic: Words

Science Says You Probably Do Talk More Than Your Dude

Science Says You Probably Do Talk More Than Your Dude

I have always been told that I talk a lot by every person in my dating history. Though I typically date outgoing people, I tend to be the one who has no qualms with speaking to strangers at bars, chatting on the phone for hours and being super friendly to literal cats on the street. My exes tend to make fun of me for this, saying that I talk too much, but I have always wondered how much of that is me, or whether women talk more than men on the whole. More »

Which 2012 “Word Of The Year” Candidate Do You Hate The Most?

Which 2012 "Word Of The Year" Candidate Do You Hate The Most?

The good people at the American Dialect Society have narrowed down the most execrable portmanteaus we have managed to invent this year into a barely tolerable list. Whether it’s an example of just how lazy memes can get or a reminder of some of the most brutal, least compassionate aspects of our society, every one of these phrases is more hateable than the last. Which one do you think we should feel the most ashamed for creating? More »

Fake It Til You Make It: Your Fashion Week Glossary

Fake It Til You Make It: Your Fashion Week Glossary

We all know fashionistas are excellent at saying exactly what they mean without being so overt as to get them into trouble, like when Anna Wintour called Sarah Jessica Parker “coltish” she meant “that woman looks like a horse.” Here’s our special gloss-ary for fashion week so you don’t miss any subtext about the models, clothes, designers or Wintours-in-training. More »

Are You a ‘Shower Alcoholic’?

Are You a 'Shower Alcoholic'?

My friend Brad emailed me after he first spent the night at his now-girlfriend’s apartment: “I think she’s a shower alcoholic.” Translation? She had so many empty and half-empty bottles in her shower that it looked like a longtime boozer’s detritus. Of course, the bottles were shampoo and body wash instead of tequila and gin, but you get the idea. More »

Facebook, Hate Speech, and a Road to Queer Activism

Facebook, Hate Speech, and a Road to Queer Activism

You might call me the accidental pussy faggot. An independent performance curator and producer based in Brooklyn, I have presented hundreds of events over the past 7 years, most with a queer sensibility. However, I never imagined that a performance-driven party called PUSSY FAGGOT! would end up being one of my signature projects. I didn’t realize the term would resonate so strongly with so many people, but I suppose I could have guessed it would put me at odds with Facebook. More »