Even if you never use the word “fashionista” unironically, Stephen Fried thinks he owes you an apology. He’s really very sorry about having invented the word back in 1993. Did you not know he invented the word fashionista? Well, it’s important you know he did so you can someday forgive him for it. More
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
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
GIF has been named Word of the Year by the Oxford American Dictionary! GIFs! Those little moving picture things! More
Look, I don’t think ‘moist’ is a gross word. I just don’t. I think you’re being ridiculous about this. Look. All of these. ALL OF THESE ARE MOIST. More
This month, the Oxford Dictionary Online made some additions to its lexicon. More
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
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
What should you buy the book nerd in your life? Not books – they have plenty. How about some of these cute literary accessories and tchotchkes?
I spend a lot of time reading and writing. Sometimes I find wonderful authors whose use of language makes me see the world in new ways, and sometimes I find words that make me twitch and consider learning Portuguese. Here are the ten I hate the most: More
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
Dictionary.com is suggesting that the most beautiful word in English is “Serendipity.” While we love a good ice cream sundae, we’re going to suggest that that word just makes us think of the terrible Kate Beckinsale movie.
Besides, Dictionary.com is clearly mistaken, because the most beautiful word in English is fichu. More
Jay-Z’s long awaited memoir, Decoded, is coming out tomorrow. To celebrate, Gucci has created a custom book jacket – as in, a jacket with sections from the book printed inside it – as a gift to Hova. More