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djsalinger commented on the word praxis
This word is also popular with verbose and ironically inactive anarchists.
May 27, 2009
djsalinger commented on the word brouhaha
I think wordie is a loud confused noise from many sources.
djsalinger commented on the word nepotism
My mum told me what this word meant in the car today.
We were playing a number plate game where you have to make a true statement out of the three grouped letters. It was a good drive.
May 26, 2009
djsalinger commented on the word aperture
There's a photography magazine called this.
It's got pictures in it.
djsalinger commented on the word epidemic
Malcolm Gladwell's thinking of behaviours as epidemic in The Tipping Point.
From yawning and shopping to smoking and suicide.
djsalinger commented on the list words-against-bush-and-or-his-administration
How is "terrorist" not on here?
People were always making that perceived inversion as a subversive political comment on the blinkered pov of his sympathisers.
Also those good bush/bad bush tshirts are worth mentioning. Two types of good bush apparantly.
djsalinger commented on the word spectacle
Wordie is counter-revolutionary.
March 20, 2009
djsalinger commented on the user djsalinger
Theoretical bands do most of the stuff bands do without actually practicing or performing. Songs are conceptualized, our 'sound' is considered. We talk about not having a band look and just looking like ourselves but better. And so on.
As for status as semi-retired poet, there are few benefits. I mainly potter these days. It used to be a passion and a focus but I was signed of on incapacity and am now operating under a reduced workload more appropriate to my tolerance for the stresses of life as a poet.
Hope that clarifies things, Rolig.
(that's an emoticon in a beret)
March 17, 2009
djsalinger commented on the word levithan
They used to have some jeans that exact size outside the Dinosaw (sic) Market in Hereford, our quaint version of the eclectic and overpriced second-hand vintage bric-a-shops that populate such tiresome haunts as Camden.
March 12, 2009
djsalinger commented on the user bilby
Spirit Guide - I understand that this site is about sharing words, but the overall objective is unclear. I appreciate that a dictatorial usage policy on behalf of the site creators would reduce it's enjoyability but find the whole thing somewhat confusing. Do you just list words you like, or have something to say about? To what extent do people interact on here? Any general etiquette tips from the perspective of someone more familiar with 'flickr without the pictures' would be appreciated. I'm not so concerned with impressing people as not looking like a bozo.
djsalinger commented on the word devil head
in 'King Dork' the endearing Catcher-baiting Holdenesque narrator sees his teachers 'devil head' every time he uses an unusual or showy word. His teacher mispronounces words quite imaginatively. I think it is relevant to this site. Plus it's a kick-ass book. Sorry, rippingly-good yarn (devil head).
djsalinger commented on the word pop
Northern English use as soft drink as opposed to slightly dated word for lemonade or other tooth-rotting carbonate.
Also a type of music, short for popular, obviously.
djsalinger commented on the word vinegarroon
There's a Calexico song called this and I never knew what it meant. Might have only had one 'r' in though.
djsalinger commented on the word fluttertongue
Something erotic about this. Shant go into specifics for sake of prudency. Cellos are also erotic I reckon.
I was messing about on the guitar I share with my sister today and these words fell out; not literally. That would have been good though.
What do I do on a sunny afternoon
Holding the string of a helium balloon
Staring at the door and waiting for you
On a sunny afternoon?
The balloon's running out of helium,
but I'm still breathing oxygen.
The sun's burning it's hydrogen
While I wait for you.
The balloon lies limp on the floor
A remnant from the night before
Nobody's knocking on the door;
Especially not you.
Do you want to be my imaginary friend/tour guide?
I'm not really sure I understand this site. It's interesting though. I feel like my brain is atrophying less than usual.
djsalinger commented on the list yours-sincerely
Thankyou for easing my pain. Sometimes it does mean they're not after you, it seems.
djsalinger commented on the word vignette
Also applied to photography, in the often accidental darkening around the edge of a print. The type that makes the Lomo Compact Automat distinctive as an image making device.
djsalinger commented on the word glamor
Taking the "u" out of most words creates instant Thom Yorkisms.
Somehow becomes satirical comment on society. Makes the word "glamour" seem rather bland and inept at even describing timeless elegance nevermind the vacuity of contemporary society etc etc.
djsalinger commented on the word inflect
"Aloha means goodbye, and also hello. It is in how you inflect..."
djsalinger commented on the word rust
used as a colour, by Sylvia Plath.
as a noun, referring to iron oxide, a rough but fragile corruption of a once strong metal, broken by the elements.
djsalinger commented on the word a monk swimming
Malachy McCourt's mis-hearing of "amongst women". Even better than "Dance Settee" as milked for comic effect by Lee and Herring.
djsalinger commented on the word morouge
Morouge is an arabic word. My parents named the house I grew up in Morouge. I think it means fields or farm, our small house was on an area that used to be farm land. I like how it sounds and it has good associations for me.
djsalinger commented on the word cellar door
Needle and the Damage Done + Donnie Darko + Tolkein = a strong argument for beauty or at least resonance.
Most beautful pairing? The jury is surely still out.
djsalinger commented on the word heteronormative
This word was thrown out semi-accusatorily at me in a late night conversation. I had to ask what it meant.
Apparantly, in heteronormative thinking there is an assumption of a dichotomy that does not exist.
djsalinger commented on the word unlaugh
This was already listed, proving there are no new thoughts. I thought my friend invented this on Facebook chat and I was hoping to share it with the word-loving internet addicted public. That my hopes were dashed in this pitiful fashion makes me unlaugh.
djsalinger commented on the word moth
I used to write short things that I called poems. In several of these moths would come up. I think I liked them because they are fragile. I think I liked them because they are drawn to a light they circle but never reach, and that their attraction to it is a malfunction. They are not only nighttime butterflies, but their plainer cousins, the leaf to the flower. Therefore more beautiful.
djsalinger commented on the word photogenic
I'll settle down with some old story
about a boy who's just like me,
thought there was love in everything
and everyone you're so naive.
They always reach a sorry ending,
They always get it in the end...
December 27, 2008
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rolig commented on the user djsalinger
DJ, what's a theoretical band? Do you perform recitations of Foucault and Žižek? That could be interesting. And I'm also curious about your semi-retired poet status. Do you get semi-retirement benefits? Health care? Is there a semi-retirement poets' community? Twenty-five seems a young age to retire from anything, even semi-retire.
March 13, 2009
reesetee commented on the user djsalinger
DJ, welcome--and don't worry about looking like a bozo. I think we're all bozos on this bus. ;->
bilby commented on the user djsalinger
Astral Child - It is pleasing that you have quickly found a home. What is the overall objective of Wordie? This is a profound question. What is the rate of sorrow of a glacier? How do clouds keep themselves occupied in the desert? These are not questions to which the SG knows the answers; some seekers have been known to consult The John or to spend mendicant hours chanting the Great Thesaurus. There are all kinds of motivations and indeed subject matter for lists: likes, dislikes, nostalgia, grammatical oddities, semantic categories, inventories, pop culture, poetry, metalists, just about anything ... your own list styles are as valid as anyone elses. Those who wish to interact with others generally keep a sharp eye on the comments feed on the home page and then respond (on List pages, Word pages, or Profiles) to other people's comments. Some users merely list words and hardly ever comment. I think most long-term users find the comments to be a rewarding part of their Wordie involvement. Some Wordie hints:
- there is a faq of sorts, typically messy!
- avoid making comments that parrot dictionary definitions; there is a row of dictionary icons under each word to serve that need.
- try making some open lists and inviting others to contribute.
- no spamming, trolling, etc.
- use images sparingly ... we like text :-)
- eat lots of fruit and vegetables, they're good for you. Cupcakes are also a Wordie staple. They may also be thrown, though not at furry animals.
Initial readings coming off my bozometer are low. Wordspeed, child!
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