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scarequotes commented on the word vice signaling
Masks serve to protect not their wearers but the people their wearers come in contact with; to put them on is to engage in a basic but highly visible act of altruism. That fact alone has led to accusations that mask-wearing is a form of virtue-signaling: a smug display of moral values. The refusal to wear masks, though, recorded and turned into shareable media, is evidence of the opposite: vice signaling.
May 27, 2020
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scarequotes commented on the word quarantine bubble
All-or-nothing isolation isn’t the only way to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, and it’s not sustainable for everyone, either. For me, a quarantine bubble isn’t just a way to meet my immediate social needs. It’s my plan for keeping my risk of contracting and spreading the virus as low as possible, for as long as possible. At a time when public officials are struggling to produce unified plans for what may be several waves of lockdowns of unknown length and frequency, it feels safer to have my own.
May 19, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word quarantine pod
Quarantine pods, or bubbles, are the combination of two or a few isolated households, making one larger isolated unit. Essentially, it’s a slight expansion of one’s quarantined family. The members of each household agree to exclusively interact with the members of the other households in the pod. The idea is that if one pod member is somehow exposed to the coronavirus, the risk of contamination is limited to, ideally, fewer than 10 people. And if every pod person is staying isolated outside the pod, the chances of one of them bringing the virus into the pod are extremely slim—certainly no greater than they might be in a medium-size to large family.
scarequotes commented on the word kickback
Sense that's related to "hangout" or "party"— social gathering.
Julia Byrd, a 22-year-old who lives in Roanoke, Virginia, has been going to gatherings of about 10 people with her boyfriend and his fraternity brothers, she told me. “I would find myself posting videos and then deleting them off of my Snapchat story, because I was like, Oh man, people are going to judge me,” she said. She’s pretty sure that her friends are judging her anyway, as they’ve been subtweeting her. “They’re like, ‘If you’re still going to kickbacks, this is for you,’ and it’s videos on how fast viruses spread, or some meme.”
scarequotes commented on the word acab
Short for "all cops are bastards"
May 6, 2020
acab actually does mean each individual cop is a bastard just in case there was any confusion— cause of death: finals (@theearchivist) May 5, 2020
acab actually does mean each individual cop is a bastard just in case there was any confusion
scarequotes commented on the word touch tool
Pre–COVID-19, my Instagram feed was a steady stream of my friends, my friends’ kids, and my friends’ meals, with ads for startup kitchen gear and drop-shipped “designer” goods mixed in between. Now, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, sponsored posts for a new field of brass and copper “touch tools” are intermingled among those for masks and hand sanitizer.
May 4, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word disease detective
To safely begin reopening the economy, America will need to rely on so-called disease detectives to track the novel coronavirus and contain new emerging outbreaks before they grow out of control.This work, known as “contact tracing,” is critical for state plans to relax social distancing without inviting a sudden resurgence of Covid-19 cases. All the various plans to ease social distancing restrictions rely on this work.
This work, known as “contact tracing,” is critical for state plans to relax social distancing without inviting a sudden resurgence of Covid-19 cases. All the various plans to ease social distancing restrictions rely on this work.
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scarequotes commented on the word juvenoia
Then, a few years ago, when sociology professor David Finkelhor at the University of New Hampshire gave his milestone talk, “The Internet, Youth Deviance & the Problem of Juvenoia,” I heard him offer the most plausible reason I’d heard or seen yet for what he called this “juvenoia” – “the exaggerated fear about the influence of social change on youth” – that had developed around children’s seemingly unprecedented and uncontrollable exposure to a diversity of values and influences not our own.
May 3, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word sumbiotude
Sumbiotude is the exact opposite of solitude: instead of contemplating life in isolation, sumbiotude involves contemplation and completion of a lifespan with the loving companionship of humans and non-humans.
April 28, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word quarcore
Could these clothes for an imagined dystopia be the look for our real one? Might the many Americans—those who follow fashion and many who do not—who have made a seemingly permanent move into sweatpants seek out a uniform that speaks to preparation rather than relaxation? Enter quarantine-core, or quarcore.
April 27, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word Generation C
While writing about how the pandemic might eventually end, my colleague Ed Yong posited that babies born in the post-coronavirus era, who will never know life before whatever enduring changes lie ahead, might be called Generation C.
April 23, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word vetocracy
Here’s my answer: The institutions through which Americans build have become biased against action rather than toward it. They’ve become, in political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s term, “vetocracies,” in which too many actors have veto rights over what gets built. That’s true in the federal government. It’s true in state and local governments. It’s even true in the private sector.
April 22, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word facemute
There was an additional airmozilla stream of ~200 viewers and all the actual Q were outside the call and read by a moderator. but we were encouraged to join the zoom call if we could and not "facemute" to foster more togetherness.— Dan Veditz (@dveditz) March 18, 2020
There was an additional airmozilla stream of ~200 viewers and all the actual Q were outside the call and read by a moderator. but we were encouraged to join the zoom call if we could and not "facemute" to foster more togetherness.
April 20, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word Great Shutdown
Nobody is filming any scripted TV shows right now, but that doesn’t mean Hollywood has gone into hibernation during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s still anyone’s guess when (or how) production resumes, I’m hearing from agents and insiders at streaming networks that there’s actually been an explosion in behind-the-scenes dealmaking during the Great Shutdown — at least at some platforms.
April 16, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word Zeder
Zoom + Seder
April 10, 2020
It’s time for Seder, which is Zeder, in our modern-day-plague ravaged Passover https://t.co/aYVXcr15NF— Srabani Chatterjee (@SrabaniChatte14) April 10, 2020
It’s time for Seder, which is Zeder, in our modern-day-plague ravaged Passover https://t.co/aYVXcr15NF
scarequotes commented on the word Fesach
Passover + FaceTime = FesachI'll show myself out.— ✡️ Joshua Bates (משה) ✡️ (@thatcountryjew) March 19, 2020
Passover + FaceTime = FesachI'll show myself out.
scarequotes commented on the word quaranzine
Liz Laribee, the programs and partnerships librarian at Arlington Public Library, says she thinks in puns. So, when the word “quaranzine” popped into her head a little over a week ago, it gave her an idea. On April 3, the library published the first issue of Quaranzine, a weekly online collection of works by local artists responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
April 6, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word sourdough class
Media coverage centers on the sourdough class, telecommuters, honeymooners stranded in the Maldives, while the disease’s harshest toll is on working class people of color who either have to show up to work or have lost their jobs and income
scarequotes commented on the word low-carbon
Over the last few years, I've been deliberately transitioning most of talks I give (and as many meetings as I can) to virtual, low-carbon presentations.
April 2, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word coroniquette
Unless we all agree to drop the perfunctory concern in every email, none of us can drop it. Otherwise, we run the risk of being seen as out of touch. Cruel. Cold. (Doubly so for women because, you know gestures at state of the world.) We’re all stuck adhering to coroniquette for the foreseeable future. Asking people about their wellness status so we can then ask them about other things. Be well. Stay safe. Here is what I really wanted to talk about.
April 1, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word bravx
Spotted as a gender-neutral alternative to "bravo."
March 31, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word doomsurf
If you can’t handle being constantly looped in on coronavirus-related news, one thing you can try is spending a small amount time every day getting all the latest important information by intentionally seeking it out. That way you can stay informed and make smart decisions for you and your family, while not overloading on things you don’t need to know all the details about. We could all use a little less doomsurfing.
scarequotes commented on the word fishtancing
It comes as no surprise that the words “social distancing” have been manipulated and turned into a slang word by fishermen of these United States. Anglers have changed the spelling and grammatical use of these words to now be called “fish distancing,” which has been further condensed to one word and is now being called, “fishtancing.”
scarequotes commented on the word Zoombombing
March 23, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word tip baiting
Instacart shoppers and delivery people often evaluate whether they want to accept an order based on the estimated tip and company payout that Instacart’s app displays after the order is placed, but before a shopper accepts it. Shoppers believe that some customers intentionally set a high tip when they place an order so that a shopper quickly agrees to accept it, but later lower it after the delivery is completed.“Tip baiting is real... especially right now!” one worker wrote in a message to Recode. “It’s awful.”
“Tip baiting is real... especially right now!” one worker wrote in a message to Recode. “It’s awful.”
March 22, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word tradwife
So a “tradwife” is a woman who doesn’t work so as to look after their children, their husband, their home and then talk non-stop about how great this is on social media. Who knew being so traditional was also so modern? And so busy! Last week alone, there were interviews with tradwives in the Daily Mail, the Times and on the BBC, This Morning, Victoria Derbyshire and, for all I know, piped 24/7 across all channels. I’m afraid that – being both non-trad and a non-wife – I am less plugged in than these women.
scarequotes commented on the word caremongering
But in Canada, a country whose inhabitants are stereotyped in the media as kind to a fault, helping others has become an organised movement called "caremongering".As it's all driven by social media, the altruism is arranged online and the hashtags provide a permanent record of all the good happening in different communities across Canada - an uplifting read in anxious times.
As it's all driven by social media, the altruism is arranged online and the hashtags provide a permanent record of all the good happening in different communities across Canada - an uplifting read in anxious times.
March 20, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word ecofash
WE ARE NOT THE FUCKING VIRUS AND COVID-19 IS NOT THE FUCKING VACCINERICH PPL ARE TO BLAME FOR THE DETERIORATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES PEOPLE ARE DYING IN FRONT OF US AROUND THE WORLD AND YOU THINK ITS A GOOD THING??? SHUT THE ACTUAL FUCK UP YOU IGNORANT, DISGUSTING ECOFASH
RICH PPL ARE TO BLAME FOR THE DETERIORATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES
PEOPLE ARE DYING IN FRONT OF US AROUND THE WORLD AND YOU THINK ITS A GOOD THING??? SHUT THE ACTUAL FUCK UP YOU IGNORANT, DISGUSTING ECOFASH
March 18, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word cottagecore
It could be the beginning of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, before the inevitable darkness seeps in, but rather it’s the backdrop of a budding aesthetic movement called cottagecore, where tropes of rural self-sufficiency converge with dainty décor to create an exceptionally twee distillation of pastoral existence.
March 10, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word daddyjack
What is the weirdest mommyjacking/daddyjacking/parentjacking situation you've ever read or heard?
February 25, 2020
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scarequotes commented on the word mommyjack
A few weeks ago, Mommyish posted about something that’s seen on STFU, Parents a lot called “mommyjacking.” It was defined as “when an enthusiastic mother turns someone else’s status update into their own personal baby-talk forum.” But that definition is pretty broad, and mommyjacking has many subtle facets. For instance, there are multiple types of mommyjackers, and just because you may not fall into one category, you could easily fall into another. Allow me to showcase a few of the most popular types of mommyjackers in today’s column:
scarequotes commented on the word #girldad
Efforts like the #GirlDad hashtag can help men see the importance of creating all the same opportunities for their daughters they would create for their sons, Porter said. And “our hope is that by doing such for our daughters,” fathers will “understand our greater responsibility to women in general.”
January 31, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word girl dad
Duncan said that she met Bryant once, while she was pregnant, and that he spoke to her of his pride in raising daughters. “Girls are amazing,” he told her. “I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.”
scarequotes commented on the word wishcycling
If you’re like me, you’ve looked at a paper coffee cup or an empty tube of toothpaste and thought, “Is this recyclable?” before tossing it in the recycling bin, hoping someone, somewhere, would sort it out. People in the waste management industry call this habit “wishcycling.” According to Marian Chertow, director of the Solid Waste Policy program at Yale University, “a wishcycler wants to do the right thing and feels that the more that he or she can recycle, the better.”
January 29, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word charity porn
Kaylen Ward, a California resident who calls herself the Naked Philanthropist, has raised, by her estimates, more than $1 million in contributions to Australian charities and evacuation centers, such as the Australian Red Cross and WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund). Ward told the Guardian that since she had a dedicated follower base from modeling and selling nude content, she hoped to urge them to contribute money to the fire relief efforts.Ward’s viral campaign is an iteration of charity porn, a philanthropic effort that aims to capitalize on people’s horniness for a good cause.
Ward’s viral campaign is an iteration of charity porn, a philanthropic effort that aims to capitalize on people’s horniness for a good cause.
January 8, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word leftugee
California alone saw net domestic out-migration of 203,414 between 2018 and 2019, and if recent trends are any indication, many of these folks wound up in Trump ’16 states. According to the real-estate website Trulia, 18.7 percent of outbound Californians in 2017 went to four red-state cities: Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta.Conservatives have even coined a new word for these people: “leftugees.” As the moniker implies, Republicans are inclined to declare ideological victory, given that so many people seem to be voting with their feet against Blue America’s policies.
Conservatives have even coined a new word for these people: “leftugees.” As the moniker implies, Republicans are inclined to declare ideological victory, given that so many people seem to be voting with their feet against Blue America’s policies.
January 7, 2020
scarequotes commented on the word swolemate
Nowadays, it's very common to see romantic partners work out together. One of the more popular terms you will see is “swolemates,” which is a catchy phrase used to define two partners in a relationship who are maintaining a life of being healthy and fit together.
January 23, 2019
scarequotes commented on the word chapter two
Of course, plenty of widows meet a great “chapter two” (widow parlance for a love after loss) and are able to move on to a new relationship.
December 7, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word flip sequin
“Flip sequins,” also known as reversible sequins, are a color-changing fabric that’s been everywhere of late, courting the gaze of the glitz-prone tween shopper. At Justice, one can buy a flip-sequin pillow, emblazoned with dual-toned GIRL POWER text. At Sears, a shirt with a smiling Elsa reveals a flip-sequin Anna when brushed.
November 28, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word blue wave
The mixed messaging, and the mixed metaphors, were appropriate: “Blue wave” began, in this election cycle, as a faith-based idea—Democratic activists’ hope that voters’ resentment of Trumpism would ripple and grow into a crashing, crushing eventuality—and that is in some ways what it remained, in the long year leading up to the 2018 U.S. midterms. It became a shorthand for the notion that a surge of blue would wash over the national political landscape: a widespread repudiation of the current political regime that would be, depending on your point of view, either made inevitable or made to collide vainly against the stubborn solidity of a Republican “red wall.”
November 8, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word rep sweats
For this week's episode, I sat down with my Code Switch teammate Gene Demby to dig into one of our favorite topics: rep sweats. It's the feeling of anxiety that can come with watching TV shows or movies starring people who look like you, especially when People Who Look Like You tend not to get a lot of screen time.
November 7, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word adaptogen
Broadly speaking, adaptogens are a class of herbal and plant ingredients in supplements that claim to help your body adapt to stress more efficiently. What they supposedly specifically do is cloudier, because there are at least a dozen or more different ones.
November 2, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word CBD
Recreational marijuana is not legal in New York state. What the coffee shop is selling is CBD-infused lattes; CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. Out of curiosity, I bought one. It cost $9 and tasted like a latte with that hint of marijuana herbiness you get from a weed cookie. Google research informed me I would not get high but would be calmer, less anxious, maybe a little sleepy. I have no idea if I felt anything at all. Mostly, I felt like I just spent $9 on coffee.
November 1, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word moonmoon
Even an astronomical ignoramus knows a few facts when it comes to orbital matters. Planets orbit suns. Moons orbit planets. And, as discussed in a New Scientist article with the headline of the year: “Moons can have moons and they are called moonmoons.”
October 31, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word Faceversary
This should mean your Facebook adversary — your primary nemesis on the platform.
October 30, 2018
"Faceversary" — The yearly celebration of how long an employee has worked at the company. The campus store sells special "Faceversary" balloons. It's even listed on employees' Facebook pages like a birthday to remind everyone to congratulate each other.
scarequotes commented on the list corporanyms
Raided Mike Pope's blog for new entries (http://mikepope.com/blog/DisplayBlog.aspx?permalink=2354 and http://mikepope.com/blog/DisplayBlog.aspx?permalink=2429)
October 28, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word intimacy coordinator
As first reported in Rolling Stone, HBO is requiring every “intimate” scene — be it foreplay, oral, or just the good ole’ fashioned bangin’ — in their programming slate to be “staffed by an intimacy coordinator,” effective immediately. This comes after the second season of The Deuce, about the porn industry in 1970s New York City, became the first series on the network to implement such a practice with Alicia Rodis, who has since gone on to be the intimacy coordinator for Crashing and the forthcoming Deadwood movie.
scarequotes commented on the list says-you--bluffing-round-words
Completed 2018 episodes and reruns.
October 18, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word murderino
Anna is a 28-year-old stay-at-home mom and self-described "murderino"—meaning, a fan of the hit podcast My Favorite Murder specifically and of true crime in general. Dahmer, of course, is the serial killer who raped, murdered, and dismembered at least 17 boys and men. He had four severed heads in his kitchen and two human hearts in the fridge when he was arrested, shortly after one of his intended victims escaped.
scarequotes commented on the word nicecore
Nicecore, a term first coined by IndieWire’s David Ehrlich, are comedies that are aggressively optimistic. They prioritize empathy, understanding, and togetherness which is typically, but not always, contrasted by some edge. Perhaps it’s the impermanence of life, the loneliness of small towns, or a nuanced take on mental health, through a broadly comedic lense Nicecore attempts to be a salve for right here, right now.
October 6, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word fandamentalism
Whomever you believe is behind movements like Gamergate and the pushback against The Last Jedi, what they reveal about America in the 2010s feels a little hard to swallow at first: At this point in history, a lot of us — and especially a lot of young, white men — are centering their identities and their senses of right and wrong on pop culture artifacts, sometimes with a near-religious zealotry. Call it “fandamentalism.”
October 5, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word fauxtomation
Though omnipresent, fauxtomation can sometimes be hard to discern, since by definition it aims to disguise the real character of the work in question. The Moderators, a moving 2017 documentary directed by Adrian Chen and Ciarán Cassidy and released online through the Field of Vision series, provides a rare window into the lives of individual workers who screen and censor digital content. Hundreds of thousands of people work in this field, ceaselessly staring at beheadings, scenes of rape and animal torture, and other scarring images in order to filter what appears in our social media feeds.
October 2, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word Pocahottie
They say Yandy, and outfitters like Party City and Spirit Halloween, sell costumes that sexually objectify indigenous women. In fact, Yandy has an entire collection of ensembles described as “sexy Indian” or “sexy Pocahontas” looks. Also known as “Pocahottie” costumes, these getups are a stereotypical and provocative take on Native dress. With fringe and feathers, the frocks are hiked up to the thighs, low-cut, or belly-baring.
October 1, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word himpathy
Himpathy, Manne argues, is the disproportionate sympathy powerful men reap over their less powerful female victims. Whether intentionally or not, Trump’s comments essentially erased Ford from the moral picture. The only potential victim in this case was Kavanaugh, not the women he allegedly assaulted.
September 27, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word snickelway
If you were unaware of York’s many narrow, medieval streets, it would be easy to walk past them without noticing a thing. But these delightfully named hidden passages allow you to seemingly magically transport from one street to another, avoiding the tourist crowds.
These passages are neither snickets, ginnels, or alleyways, but a mixture of all three! “Snickelway” is a term coined in 1983 by local author Mark W. Jones, which is now in popular use throughout York.
September 25, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word perennial
There’s a new way to describe old. It’s “perennial.” Not everyone likes it.
scarequotes commented on the word misinfodemics
You might call these phenomena “misinfodemics”—the spread of a particular health outcome or disease facilitated by viral misinformation.
August 30, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word klansplaining
The word “klansplaining” is for people who start sentences with “I’m not racist, but...”
August 17, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word deactivist
Be a deactivist.
Here’s how it works, when Friday rolls around, deactivate your Twitter account. That’s it. Twitter has 30 days to ban Alex Jones before our accounts are permanently deleted. It’s up to them to decide who they want on their platform more.
August 14, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word cagency
According to Campaign’s Gideon Spanier, Accenture Interactive managing director of Europe, Africa and Latin America Anatoly Roytman took the opportunity to reveal that his network is developing a new offering: the “cagency.”
The concept is a consulting firm combined with a creative shop, which is also known as any ad agency worth a damn.
July 4, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word freckling
This summer, there's a new addition to the ever-growing lexicon of dating lingo: "freckling."
Basically, freckling is another term for what most would describe as a summer fling: love that lasts only a summer. Like freckles, these sorts of lovers appear for the summer, only to disappear again as the days get colder.
scarequotes commented on the word rinsta
Unlike a teen's "real instagram" or "rinsta," where their image is carefully curated for public consumption, finsta is intimate and messy and, according to every teen we spoke to, way more authentic than their main profile.
scarequotes commented on the word BDE
BDE is a quiet confidence and ease with oneself that comes from knowing you have an enormous penis and you know what to do with it. It’s not cockiness, it’s not a power trip — it’s the opposite: a healthy, satisfied, low-key way you feel yourself. Some may call this “oh he/she fucks” vibe, but that is different: you can fuck, but not have BDE. Some may call this “well-adjusted,” but we know the truth.
June 27, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word big dick energy
Whether you hear ten inches and think, “’sup Zaddy” or reflexively cross your legs to protect your cervix, when you take one look at Pete Davidson, there’s just something about that tall, gangly white guy that makes you think “Oh yeah, he’s definitely just two inches shy of a 7-Eleven foot-long.” That je ne sais quois, that “It” factor, has been given a name by Twitter: Big Dick Energy.
scarequotes commented on the word sip and tap
Because of the way Flex works, drivers rarely know when blocks of time will become available, and don’t know when they’ll be working or how much they’ll be making on any given day. Brown likes to work two shifts delivering groceries for Amazon, from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., but the morning we talked, no 4:30 shifts were available. He sometimes wakes up at 3 a.m. and does what Flex workers call the “sip and tap,” sitting at home and drinking coffee while refreshing the app, hoping new blocks come up. He does not get paid for the hour he spends tapping.
June 26, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word foldering
Prosecutors said Manafort used a method called "foldering" to covertly talk to people. It's not that complicated: He made an email account and shared the password. He wrote messages but saved them as drafts, never sending actual emails. Other guys open the draft, read it, delete.
June 16, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word digital self-harm
"Nobody cares what you think. Just deactivate your account. No one likes your posts, and you’re a waste of everyone’s time."
These are messages that Julian* received on social media back when he was a teenager. They are undoubtedly cruel – but the most shocking part is that they didn’t come from his friends or followers, they were sent by Julian himself.
He was engaging in ‘digital self-harm’ - the act of secretly sending yourself hurtful messages online.
May 18, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word auto-trolling
Yet there has been little research into self-cyberbullying or auto-trolling as it’s also known. In what appears to be only the second study of its kind, US research from 2017 found that approximately 6% of students aged 12 to 17 had sent themselves anonymous hate, with boys more likely to engage in the behaviour than girls and LGBT students nearly three times more likely to self-cyberbully. But it's not just the stats that are concerning, but the messages themselves.
scarequotes commented on the word self-cyberbullying
scarequotes commented on the word procrastibaking
Procrastibaking — the practice of baking something completely unnecessary, with the intention of avoiding “real” work — is a surprisingly common habit that has only recently acquired a name. Medical students, romance writers, freelance web designers: Almost anyone who works at home and has a cookie sheet in the cupboard can try it.
“I started procrastibaking in college as a way to feel productive while also avoiding my schoolwork,” said Wesley Straton, a graduate student in Brooklyn. “Baking feels like a low-stakes artistic outlet.”
May 17, 2018
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scarequotes commented on the word braspberry
The braspberry is not, of course, a “new berry.” It’s one old berry lodged snugly inside of another one. Even the idea isn’t new—perhaps you’ve assembled one yourself, in a flash of insight, at some point along the line. But it took an influencer of Timberlake’s stature to focus the public’s attention on what should have been obvious all along: Raspberries and blueberries were made for each other.
May 11, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word zaddy
4. Iron Man
There’s something very zaddy in the way Tony Stark’s facial hair is slowly and subtly going gray. I wish his hairline would follow suit. That’s all.
May 4, 2018
What is a zaddy?
A zaddy is a guy you look at and think, zamn, zaddy... Immediately, you know in your heart who’s not a zaddy. It’s an instinctual response that’s not worth explaining in depth because you’re supposed to just feel it. The subject is not merely conventionally “hot”—he’s a zaddy*. In other words, there’s an inner zaddiness. (The Rock is nice and built, but not a zaddy in my eyes. Neither is Nicholas Cage.) If you don’t like the idea of “daddy,” let alone “zaddy,” well, I feel you, but you don’t have to support the idea of zaddy to recognize one. Here is an incomplete list of famous zaddys, unranked.
*Doesn’t have to be an actual father
scarequotes commented on the word dress-code
Martinez’s is not the first unjust dress code enforcement to go viral. In 2016, Helena, Montana, high school student Kaitlyn Juvik was chastised by administrators for going braless, and she too organized protests (in that case, 300 of her female classmates came to school braless). And last October, Annie Concannon of Cincinnati, Ohio, was “dress-coded” for wearing a crop top. Concannon had paired the shirt with high-waisted jeans and wasn’t exposing her midriff.
April 26, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word bracott
Martinez then tweeted about the incident: “I decided not to wear a bra today and got pulled out of class because one of my teachers claimed it was ‘a distraction to boys in my class,’” she wrote. After her tweet went viral, Martinez called for a national “bracott.” On April 16, female students across the country clipped their bras to their backpacks instead of wearing them, and male students wore Band-Aids in an “X” shape on their shirts.
scarequotes commented on the word kek
Kek, in the alt-right’s telling, is the “deity” of the semi-ironic “religion” the white nationalist movement has created for itself online – partly for amusement, as a way to troll liberals and self-righteous conservatives both, and to make a kind of political point. He is a god of chaos and darkness, with the head of a frog, the source of their memetic “magic,” to whom the alt-right and Donald Trump owe their success, according to their own explanations.
April 25, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word femoid
Other popular terms used by incels include “normies” or normal people; and “femoid,” a term that blends female with humanoid and implies they don’t view women as entirely human, but rather androids who only want to have sex with Chads.
scarequotes commented on the word Stacy
But many incels have a much more sinister, and specific, worldview — one that the Southern Poverty Law Center sees as part of a dangerous trend toward male radicalization online. These incels post obsessively about so-called “Chads,” meaning sexually successful and attractive men, and “Stacys,” attractive, promiscuous women who sleep with the Chads. Both are positioned as unattainable: The Chad is the masculine ideal, one incel men cannot emulate for reasons of poor genetics, while the Stacy is whom every incel man wants to sleep with but cannot because they aren’t a Chad.
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scarequotes commented on the word manosphere
Rodger, who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after the 2014 attack, left behind an extensive digital history, including a YouTube video in which he vowed a “day of retribution” against the women who had sexually rejected him. Rodger’s online history indicated he may have identified himself as an “incel,” or an involuntary celibate, and of the anti-feminist “manosphere.”
April 24, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word microceleb
But for tabloid lovers like us, there can never really be too many famous people, so we’re delighted to be living in this golden age of the microceleb. And to be a fan of a Who is to participate in a special kind of fandom: You can feel closer than ever to your idol thanks to social media and feel extra-special for connecting with someone nobody else seems to be recognizing. Loving Wholebrities is like being part of an exclusive club.
April 22, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word wholebrity
Rita Ora. Blac Chyna. Colton Haynes. Zendaya. Bella Thorne. A Wholebrity (or just a “Who”) is the kind of celebrity — or “celebrity” — whose name makes many of us stop and ask: “Who?” The average celebrity-gossip connoisseur might have a difficult time matching a Wholebrity’s name to a face. But to ignore Whos, or pretend to be above them, is to miss out on the cultural conversation of the moment: We are living, increasingly, in a Who universe.
scarequotes commented on the word freeze peach
The free speech argument, also known as the free speech fallacy and pejoratively as "freeze peach", is an attempt at silencing and derailing. The fallacy is based on equivocating the right to free speech, free expression, and a free press with the (non-legally protected) right to a platform. It may also take the form of invoking Orwell or crying "censorship".
April 8, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word gender creative
In fact, “gender neutral” is a term that tends to be rejected by people parenting this way — in lieu of “gender open,” “gender affirming,” or “gender creative” — and Kyl’s website, raisingzoomer.com, and its accompanying Instagram account have become go-to destinations for families curious about what gender-creative parenting might look like. And what it looks like is pretty appealing, with Myers’s photogenic and well-lit family doing such wholesome things as hiking and biking and cuddling under fluffy comforters in stylish, well-appointed rooms. Sometimes Zoomer is wearing pink. Sometimes they’re wearing blue. Sometimes they’re wearing their dinner.
April 4, 2018
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scarequotes commented on the word theyby
In fact, McCullough and Fleishman already knew what anatomy their child would have. They’d learned it toward the end of the first trimester through a fairly routine test and had instinctually sent an email to close friends and family with the news. They didn’t particularly care what the baby’s sex was but also didn’t feel that it needed to be kept a secret. Then, just a few days later, an article showed up in McCullough’s Facebook feed about a Canadian baby who had been issued a health card without a gender designation — perhaps the first instance in the world of a government entity not assigning a gender at birth. For McCullough, this was a revelation. “Definitely the concept of not enforcing gender stereotypes was something that was on our radar, but we simply didn’t know or have the idea on our own to not assign the baby a gender,” he says. He began scouring the internet, looking for more information, for other families who might have made the same choice, for guidelines as to how one might go about it. He found a Facebook group and asked to join. Soon he was privy to the names and photos and thoughts and conversations of a small but hard-core group of families who were raising theybies — babies whose parents had decided not to reveal their sex, who used they/them pronouns for their children, and whose goal was to create an early childhood free of gendered ideas of how a child should dress, act, play, and be.
scarequotes commented on the word blick
Jenkins: There are cases right now, though. You have guys like rapper 6ix9ine popularizing “blick,” which is derogatory slang for dark-skinned people. You have white rap influencers encouraging white people to say the N-word on air. You have white vloggers who don’t have all of their facts in place reviewing rap with authority. Take the fight where it counts and leave all these talented black and brown folks be.
March 17, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word Ethlete
The long hours also required him to spend time doing exercises for his hands, wrists and shoulders and also practicing mouse moves and techniques to maximize performance.
"I wasn't a sweaty nerd, more of an Ethlete," Lovell said, describing a person who has an intensive online gaming regimen.
March 16, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word cryptojacking
Hackers have a new trick up their sleeves: hijacking computers to generate digital coins.
As bitcoin and other cryptocurrency prices soar, "cryptojacking" attackers surreptitiously take over web browsers, phones and servers to make some serious profit.
February 25, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word cromlet
I just got home from staring at a screen all day, and I want to do something nice for myself (like cook a nourishing meal). But it’s 7:30 p.m., and simple is the only word my brain can process. This is the moment when I make what I call a cromlet. Imagine the love child of a crepe and an omelet. It’s a riff on the traditional chickpea-flour pancake known as socca, popular in Nice, France. Chickpea flour is a little nutty, packed with plant protein, and makes killer pancakes.
February 18, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word mononormative
There is still a taboo around open relationships in our culture. People who openly practice nonmonogamy, if not quite ostracized, are certainly stereotyped.
This is part of the reason Carrie Jenkins, a philosophy professor at the University of British Columbia, has become a reluctant defender of polyamory. Jenkins, whose new book is called What Love Is: And What It Could Be, says our concept of romantic love is too narrow, too exclusive, too “mononormative.”
February 16, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word haycation
Call them haycations: The chance to spend a night or two on a working farm or ranch and enjoy the comforts of a country inn - or a complete guest home on the property - while you learn about your hosts' approach to agriculture.
Traditionally, they're known as farm stays.
February 11, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word right-to-repair
Farmers like to maintain their own equipment but the increasing complexity of farm tools can make that a challenge. Accessing diagnostic electronic codes can be a challenge, then understanding the codes and other factors for maintenance can be a chore. While most major manufacturers are striving to make the information available and help farmers with repairs, there has been a movement of "right to repair" laws proposed across the country.
February 2, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word deepfake
As deepfakes become more refined and easier to create, they also highlight the inadequacy of the law to protect would-be victims of this new technology. What, if anything, can you do if you’re inserted into pornographic images or videos against your will? Is it against the law to create, share, and spread falsified pornography with someone else’s face?
January 30, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word recugender
Recugender: to identify with your birth gender, but you refuse to be cis; to be used as recugirl or recuboy. From the latin word “recuso”, meaning “to refuse”.
January 18, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word ping pool
<blockquote>First came dark pools, private trading venues that challenged old-school stock exchanges.
Now something else lingers in the shadows of Wall Street: ping pools.
They also operate outside traditional stock exchanges, but these venues, which are gaining users in changing markets, are more opaque for the public. Running them allows some of the fastest, savviest electronic traders to dodge exchange fees and reap plum opportunities.
Unlike public markets such as the New York Stock Exchange, where investors of all stripes trade, ping pools operate like VIP parties.</blockquote>
scarequotes commented on the word DUFF
But the problem with movies likeThe DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) is they contrast a main character — a plus-size girl — with her girlfriends who wake up at 5 am to get done up. But in reality, she just doesn't give as much of a shit, and that's what makes her sexy.
scarequotes commented on the word fire cider
It’s been freezing (like, really, really freezing) in many parts of the world recently. Naturally, with the bitter cold come the colds. For the next few months, at least 5 of your coworkers and 2 of your close friends will be sniffling and coughing during the morning meeting or weekly happy hour. Much as you enjoy their company, you don’t want their sickness. Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, I dip into my fire cider stash. An apple cider vinegar-based tincture of sorts like oxymel (a mixture of honey and acid, sometimes herbs), fire cider is packed with alliums, peppers, citrus, and herbs and left to ferment for weeks. Oxymel and related mixtures like fire cider have been used as herbal remedies for centuries, soothing coughs and congestion. As you can imagine, the heat in fire cider packs a wallop, and the brew will knock a bug out of your system with ferocity—or at least that's how it feels. Just know that while there’s nothing wrong with sipping on fire cider to soothe your symptoms, if you have a fever, terrible cough, or any other flu-like symptoms you should still see a doctor.
January 17, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word girther
On Twitter, people were quick to question Trump’s physical results. “People” included MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who offered up the term “girther” as a description of anybody skeptical of the president’s purported measurements, which quickly became a hashtag used by anybody sharing pictures of Trump next to somebody else who reportedly weighs 239 pounds. James Gunn offered to donate $100,000 to “Trump’s favorite charity” if the president would publicly step on a scale. Mostly, it was just a lot of pictures of Trump compared to pictures of tall dudes in very good shape.
scarequotes commented on the word gloss-pop
On any other gloss-pop album, such a portentous opener would be followed with a stimulant. But Camila’s second song, “All These Years,” is just made up of acoustic strumming and vocal harmonizing in the mold of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” It’s a crisp and unfussy sketch of running into an ex—“Your hair’s grown a little longer / Your arms look a little stronger”—and its placement on the tracklist makes a statement: catchiness without bombast.
scarequotes commented on the word shithole
WOTY18 reason: Trump usage. (This is going to seem like forever ago in Jan. 2019.)
January 12, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word micro-cheating
Melanie explained that micro-cheating is a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside of the relationship.
'You might be engaging in micro-cheating if you secretly connect with another person on social media, if you share private jokes, if you downplay the seriousness of your relationship to your partner or if you enter their name under a code in your phone,' she told FEMAIL.
scarequotes commented on the word spartacusing
I don't know who's Spartacusing here, but I love them all.
January 11, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word sensitivity reader
Over the last few years, the number of books about nonwhite characters has spiked. In 2016, more than a quarter of young adult and children’s books featured characters of color, compared to just 10 percent in 2013. There’s a catch, though. Most of the authors are white. As a sensitivity reader, Clayton’s job is to help nonblack authors avoid portraying black characters in a way that feels inauthentic or uninformed. She herself relies on sensitivity readers to improve her writing — for her first book, she hired 12 different readers to review aspects of the story that she and her writing partner didn’t base on firsthand experience.
January 5, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word selfieccino
Drinking coffee and taking selfies – for many of us two of life’s favourite things! And now both have been combined into a new drinking experience at the Tea Terrace that is situated on the top floor of The House of Fraser department store. Open for just a few weeks, fans of the selfieccinno are loving the clever concept that allows you to be the selfie in your own coffee. The café in Oxford Street is offering the coffee (and hot chocolate) service that enables you to upload your selfie into a special machine and turn it into edible foam.
January 2, 2018
scarequotes commented on the word raw water
High-profile Bay Area denizens are skipping tap water in favor of drinking unfiltered, untreated, and expensive “raw” water that comes straight out of the ground, Nellie Bowles reports for The New York Times. Proponents claim that raw water’s health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes. But the reality for any inadequately treated water from the tap or a spring is that those minerals can sometimes include arsenic, and those microbes can be deadly.
scarequotes commented on the word Noon Year's Eve
Youth Services Librarian Carey Kipp said she got the idea to host the Noon Year’s Eve event online.
“This is a nice way for the kids to have their own party,” Kipp said. “You can’t go wrong with face-painting, and you can’t go wrong with boxes.”
The early New Year’s celebrations are gaining popularity. Pinterest has endless ideas for Noon Year’s Eve celebrations. Netflix also brought back its on-demand New Year’s Eve countdowns for kids, so parents could celebrate the New Year with their children while still getting them to bed at a decent hour.
scarequotes commented on the word copaganda
To counter this, police reform and police abolitionist activists on Twitter have invented a rather useful term: "Copaganda." Copaganda is any news story that uncritically advances a police department's image or helps undermine reform efforts.
December 27, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word selfitis
Are you obsessed with taking selfies?
Chances are you might have “selfitis” — a genuine mental condition that makes a person feel compelled to constantly take photos and post them on social media, psychologists say.
The term has been around since 2014 to describe obsessive selfie-taking but has not been backed by science until now.
December 18, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Cheetoquiles
It started from such a good place. Unlike Pizza French Toast, which began as an attempt to salvage a series of bad decisions, Cheetoquiles actually began with a series of good decisions.
December 16, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word nocoiner
Im officially a nocoiner. Sold all my remaining coins
December 12, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Xicanx
The transition of the spelling from Chicano to Xicanx(a/o), which is by no means total, is in large part due to the rise of Chicana Feminism, also known as Xicanisma. Ana Castillo, a pioneer author in the field, coined the term using an ”X” at the beginning instead of “Ch” as a means to more directly identify with the indigenous etymology of the term. Her works, along with many other Xicana authors, pushed the Xicano conversation into deeper consideration about the economic and cultural oppression of Latina women (who are still the most underpaid demographic in the United States) even within the Chicano Movement itself.
As Xicanista intellectuals incorporated queer and gender theory, the second “x” was used to be more inclusive of non-binary Xicanxs, as has occurred with the term Latinx. All these new considerations have transformed Chicanismo into a new Xicanismo.
December 6, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word scromiting
Although the syndrome is rare, enough patients have visited Scripps Mercy Hospital that led the emergency room staff to dub the symptoms of CHS—screaming and vomiting—into a new word: “scromiting,” Lev said.
Chalfonte LeNee Queen, a 48-year-old woman living in San Diego, experienced “scromiting” for nearly two decades.
December 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word climate leave
Our proposed policy is that employees can take up to 5 days of climate leave due to extreme weather each calendar year, and that any leave of greater than 5 consecutive days requires there to be a declared state of extended emergency, as determined by local officials in the employee’s region. This policy directly mirrors our policy of unlimited sick leave, with any absence of more than 5 days becoming short term-disability and requiring a doctor’s note.
November 11, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word raunch-com
Is it Terrible Christmas Movie season already? Seems like Terrible Halloween Movie season just ended. The first of 2017’s miserable entries is this grim sequel to last year’s modestly amusing “moms gone wild” raunch-com that thrived on chemistry between harried Mila Kunis, subservient Kristen Bell and reckless Kathryn Hahn.
November 5, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word excremoji
“Organic waste isn’t cute,” Everson wrote, aghast that the technical committee would even deign to consider additional excremoji. “It is bad enough that the Emoji Subcommittee came up with it, but it beggars belief that the Unicode Technical Committee actually approved it,” he wrote. Everson continued:
November 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word daddymoon
But his wife, Danielle Labadorf, 31, reassured him that she would be taken care of by her parents and sister, who live on Long Island. Perhaps realizing his life would soon be incredibly different, Mr. Lamberg went ahead and maxed out on golf, playing a round at the Royal Troon Golf Club and watching the Women’s British Open. “It turned into my unofficial daddymoon,” he said.
October 30, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word loophole woman
On the podcast, we talk about "loophole women" who enable or apologize for men who behave badly.
October 27, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word responaut
Breathe is almost (and yet in no way inappropriately) fun. Thanks to Robin's activism, the British press coined a new word — "responaut" — for people reliant on respirators but not letting that stop them from living. The resolute, cheeky intrepidness of that wonderful word is all over this movie.
scarequotes commented on the word quescussion
First, the professor explains the rules of quescussion, which are:
Everything said must be in the form of a question.
Participants must wait until four (this number can vary with the size of the class) other people have spoken before they can speak again.
Statements in the form of questions are not allowed (e.g. “All professors wear polyester, don’t they?”).
If someone makes a statement, the rest of the class is to shout “Statement." (The exercise is self-policing.)
October 25, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word needfinding
We learned through our needfinding process that not knowing who will show up on moving day can be a stressful part of the experience. To address this, we sent photos and bios of our moving teams before every move. Meeting their movers in advance gave Walnut customers peace of mind.
scarequotes commented on the word whiteopia
The “whiteopia” of North Idaho has become one of the most desirable places in the West for conservatives to relocate. So why is the local Republican party tearing itself apart — and who’s responsible?
October 23, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word vadering
Breathing heavily on a phone call. (Came up in an IM.)
October 20, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word perspecticide
Living with an abusive and controlling partner can feel like living in a cult—except lonelier. Victims' ** own viewpoints, desires, and opinions may fade as they are overwhelmed by the abusers'. Over time, they may lose a sense that they even have a right to their own perspectives. This is called perspecticide—the abuse-related incapacity to know what you know (Stark, 2007). Perspecticide is often part of a strategy of coercive control that may include manipulation, stalking, and physical abuse:
October 19, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word outchea
blend of "out here"
Anyway, I want to make it clear before my co-workers tarnish my name that I am in no way dissing bacon, but what they not finna do is have me out here needing a stint in my aorta because I’m outchea sampling bacon flavors trying to find the right one. Bacon is cool. Sza is straight.
October 13, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hepeat
My friends coined a word: hepeated. For when a woman suggests an idea and it's ignored, but then a guy says same thing and everyone loves it
September 23, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word threatcasting
Threatcasting emerged in 2007 as a variation on the futurecasting process that one of us, Brian, created when working as a futurist and trying to imagine what individuals would expect from their technology products in the future. Threatcasting is also a descendent of scenario planning, a tool that allows organizations to image a range of possible and probable futures based upon overlapping forces or trends. Imagine you’re a car company that envisions the possible futures of gas prices and the unemployment rate. If gas prices rise and unemployment falls, what might your sales look like? But what if both gas prices and unemployment rise? From these basic components, you can develop specific scenarios for your company and plan for them.
September 15, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word premium mediocre
A few months ago, while dining at Veggie Grill (one of the new breed of Chipotle-class fast-casual restaurants), a phrase popped unbidden into my head: premium mediocre. The food, I opined to my wife, was premium mediocre. She instantly got what I meant, though she didn’t quite agree that Veggie Grill qualified. In the weeks that followed, premium mediocre turned into a term of art for us, and we gleefully went around labeling various things with the term, sometimes disagreeing, but mostly agreeing. And it wasn’t just us. When I tried the term on my Facebook wall, and on Twitter, again everybody instantly got the idea, and into the spirit of the labeling game.
scarequotes commented on the word carnism
Carnism describes the invisible belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals. The ideology sees the wide-spread acceptance of meat-eating as 'natural', 'normal', and 'necessary'.
In addition, it sees its opposing ideology - veganism - as unnatural, and not 'normal'.
September 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word creepshot
Toronto woman joins the fight against creepshot image sites
There’s a Toronto woman named Roxanne who has an on-again, off-again hobby. For the past four years, she’s spent her time reaching out to those whose photos, some explicit, she’s found on a site dedicated to titillating men by, among other things, humiliating women by posting their stolen images and personal details.
September 13, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word petextrian
One pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle crash every eight minutes, a number that’s been on the rise in recent years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has equated this increase in injuries to a global influx of “petextrians” – pedestrians who simultaneously walk and text. This, combined with the rise of distracted driving due to smartphones, created a massive new safety problem for drivers and pedestrians alike.
September 6, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word noblebright
Here I am with more addendums to this post: Seems like a lot of people are saying the word “noblebright” at me, and I just want to be really clear about this: Noblebright is not hopepunk. Noblebright does not espouse the same ideals that hopepunk does. They are two distinct, separate, coexisting things.
Noblebright is Arthurian legends. The world is a good place, people are essentially good. The codes of chivalry are in full effect. People in positions of authority are there because they are wise, prudent, caring leaders. They rule because they deserve to rule. They protect the weak, they uphold their ideals, there’s people practicing chaste courtly love in every bower and garden. Things are fine, and people have adventures in which they triumph because (see: all of the above).
September 5, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hopepunk
> The opposite of grimdark is hopepunk. Pass it on.
#this is a good post #also I need an example of hopepunk #bc the name #resonates with me #and I need it #please #if you don’t mind (via @lavender-starling)
So the essence of grimdark is that everyone’s inherently sort of a bad person and does bad things, and that’s awful and disheartening and cynical. It’s looking at human nature and going, “The glass is half empty.”
Hopepunk says, “No, I don’t accept that. Go fuck yourself: The glass is half-full.” YEAH, we’re all a messy mix of good and bad, flaws and virtues. We’ve all been mean and petty and cruel, but (and here’s the important part) we’ve also been soft and forgiving and KIND. Hopepunk says that kindness and softness doesn’t equal weakness, and that in this world of brutal cynicism and nihilism, being kind is a political act. An act of rebellion.
scarequotes commented on the word slobbyist
Fat, middle aged trolls that hide behind an alias on escort review boards. Their purpose is to insult, defame and harm an adult entertainer’s reputation. Their misogynistic attitude is prevalent in their critically unflattering reviews and board posts.
September 1, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word dump dinner
One of the best things about dump dinners is that they're often freezer-friendly — meaning you can prep (or bulk prep!) in advance, pack away, then use whenever you're ready. Find this make-ahead recipe along with others here.
August 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word blue racism
A police union in New York called the Sergeants Benevolent Association says in a new video that officers are often victims of “blue racism.”
“The average person doesn’t see the things that make me human,” a narrator says. “When they look at me, they see blue.”
The video describes a “strange form of racism” that is growing across the country, and points to the number of police officers who die while on duty. The video says that “blue racism” is “even more racist” than judging a person based on their skin color.
August 21, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word porexia
If you spend hours in front of the mirror each day poring over the little openings on the top of your skin and willing them to disappear before you take an Instagram selfie, you're not alone.
In fact, obsessing over our pores - from the size to the number of them - is the beauty industry's latest preoccupation.
This is so much the case that dermatologists have coined a word for this pore fixation - 'porexia'.
August 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word sologamist
In the new trend called “sologamy,” women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled “sologamist” Erika Anderson, throw on a white gown, invite their close friends and family and marry themselves in a legally nonbinding way.
August 9, 2017
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scarequotes commented on the word manifestbro
The intellectual bankruptcy of lacking good sources is the reason that Google manifestbro doesn’t deserve a detailed response.
August 7, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word holibobs
Your worn-out Havaianas, shoddy attempt at dreadlocks and a tan that makes you look like an extra from Geordie Shore make it abundantly clear you’ve been on holibobs.
There’s no need to harp on about it
Sure your friends will good-naturedly enjoy a story or two, but there’s a shelf life to your ‘this one time…’ stories.
August 4, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word plandid
So, what exactly are plandids? The word is a portmanteau of "planned" and "candid," which kinda sounds like a contradiction in terms. The idea is to post "as if you didn't know the picture was being taken, but you're still posing," according to Instagrammer Maria Gillett.
scarequotes commented on the word right-to-try
You might have heard of the "right-to-try" movement. The gist of it is: Terminally ill patients should be given wide latitude to try out unproven treatments if they have exhausted all their other options.
More than 30 states have passed a "right-to-try" bill, often favored by more libertarian-minded people, and now the Senate has too. Supporters portray it as a humanitarian exercise for people with no other hope that removes the risk of a bureaucracy getting in their way.
August 3, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word digital blackface
If you’ve never heard of the term before, “digital blackface” is used to describe various types of minstrel performance that become available in cyberspace. Blackface minstrelsy is a theatrical tradition dating back to the early 19th century, in which performers “blacken” themselves up with costume and behaviors to act as black caricatures. The performances put society’s most racist sensibilities on display and in turn fed them back to audiences to intensify these feelings and disperse them across culture. Many of our most beloved entertainment genres owe at least part of themselves to the minstrel stage, including vaudeville, film, and cartoons. While often associated with Jim Crow–era racism, the tenets of minstrel performance remain alive today in television, movies, music and, in its most advanced iteration, on the Internet.
August 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Jaugust
Manager Joe Maddon made it clear it didn’t feel like a normal July game to him.
“It’s Jaugust,” Maddon said. “It’s already there. There’s no getting around it. I love it, I absolutely love it and I think our players do. It’s great. The fans were absolutely energized tonight. It’s good stuff. And of course, it’s better when we win.”
July 31, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word reffy
It's okay to be a refugee. You wouldn't know that if you lived in a city filled with them. But what you really don't want to be is a "ref," and you don't ever want to be caught acting "reffy." That's the slang term Miamians created to divide themselves from a certain type of Latin American newcomer who hasn't quite gotten the hang of American life yet. Even minority groups that have been traditionally oppressed and segregated in America manage to find ways to oppress and segregate amongst their own. I'm going to launch that sentence into space as a warning for any incoming armadas of aliens looking to make friends.
July 29, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word overfat
In other words, a person whose body weight is “normal” might have enough excess abdominal fat on his or her body to create health risks, while other people — in particular, athletes — might be technically “overweight” by standard measurements, but much healthier.
Laursen and his colleagues want everyone — doctors, nutritionists, and the rest of us — to start using a new word he says more accurately describes the problem: overfat.
July 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word CAFO
But pigs suffer on an astounding scale on their way to our tables. Of the 100 million pigs annually raised for food in the United States, 97 per cent are confined to factory farms. These farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal-feeding operations) can best be described as ‘huge lagoons of pig sewage’. These farms do great environmental harm, and the pigs there endure short, miserable lives.
July 20, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word het-washing
At this year’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Bryan Fuller accepted an Achievement Award for his visionary work on shows like Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and, more recently, American Gods. During his speech, Fuller touched on queer representation on the small screen, and how it’s changed in the course of his career. Where his current TV show recently featured a bold and erotic gay sex scene, Fuller reminded his audience of all the “het-washing,” i.e., when a homosexual character is written to be heterosexual, that had occurred on other series. The writer-producer, who is an out gay man, alluded to a Heroes season-one cast member who threatened to walk from the show if his character were revealed to be homosexual. Fuller said that despite the fact the actor was gay, he didn’t want to play a gay character.
July 15, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hiplet
“Hiplet is a mixture of hip-hop and ballet, but really anything that we can try to put en pointe that has, like, a groovy feeling to it,” dancer Zipporah Wilson said in a recent video. “You have to have a certain posture when you’re doing ballet. Usually, you’re up tall … pointe shoes were designed for ballet. Hiplet is different.”
July 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word packing cube
Packing cubes: Inexpensive fabric containers (square or rectangular) that zip closed and fit into carry-on bags and suitcases are an efficient way to separate and organize items for multiple family members, said Rainer Jenss, the president and founder of the Family Travel Association, a trade group. “Each person gets his or her own cube so you know exactly whose stuff is whose,” he said.
July 12, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hope-watch
Shows taking time to become good is just the way TV works. Occasionally, you’ll find a Sopranos or a Cheers or a Mary Tyler Moore Show that arrives fully-formed at the peak of its powers, but most shows are evolving organisms, where the creators need a while to figure out how to best tell their stories, use their actors, work within constraints of budget or schedule or network, etc. Patience is required to see which shows live up to their full potential and which never get there; sometimes you get a Parks and Recreation (which went from mediocre to great after its first season) or an Americans (which went from good to great during that same second year transition), but other times, you might spend a season-plus waiting for a sitcom like Up All Night to stop being somehow less than the sum of its talented parts, only for it to be canceled before that happens.
My wife dubbed the practice “hope-watching,” and I’ve done plenty of it over the years as both amateur couch potato and professional.
July 10, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word tresbian
What about girls, you ask? Granted, this is mainly about chaps, but then so much of it is personal, and Rupert has more experience of being a gay man than he does of being anything else. And he does go to Hebden Bridge, lesbian capital of Britain, and meets some lovely women. And I learn a new word: tresbian. As in a male-to-female transgender woman who identifies as a lesbian. Rather than French – or Franglais, or even Polari possibly – for very good. Which this is.
July 9, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word amatonormativity
"Amatonormativity" is a relatively new term — coined about five years ago by Elizabeth Brake, an associate professor of philosophy at Arizona State University and the author of Minimizing Marriage — to capture two widely held assumptions. The first being a person who isn’t in a monogamous romantic relationship is seeking that type of relationship, and the second being a person would automatically be better off in a monogamous romantic relationship than he or she would be while single or in another type of relationship.
In a phone interview, Brake told me she modelled "amatonormativity" after the term "heteronormativity," or the belief heterosexuality is the default sexual orientation. ("Amatus" is the Latin word for "loved.") When the default assumption is that being in a committed relationship — any relationship, regardless of its quality — is prized above all else, it can leave some singles feeling singled out.
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scarequotes commented on the word earlymoon
While honeymoons give newlyweds a chance to relax after their wedding, more and more engaged couples are taking a vacation even before their wedding festivities begin.
Couples say the pre-wedding vacation, dubbed an “earlymoon,” gives them a chance to de-stress and reconnect before tying the knot.
scarequotes commented on the word doughwich
When pitching their idea, Schmid and Pacetti claimed their product was the only edible cookie dough on the market made to be eaten as-is. Not anymore: Between new shops, expansions, and menu upgrades, 2017 is set to be the breakout year for edible cookie dough. Dō — based in New York City, where there is a line for everything — certainly garnered a lot of publicity during its January opening, but it wasn’t the only doughy debut of the year. In February, Tart Sweets bakery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, started selling its dough in “doughwiches” and by the scoop through its cookie dough bar, which is only open Fridays and Saturdays. Earlier this year, Yoyo Berri frozen yogurt shops in Nebraska and South Dakota started offering raw cookie dough to liven up yesterday’s snack craze. And four flavors of the stuff, served with a side of “ice milk,” will be among the newest items featured at this year’s Minnesota State Fair.
June 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word enby
(And that's for cis women--for society that has trouble remembering trans women, enbys, etc. exist, the HORROR that they would take the mic)
June 21, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word begleri
Break out your EDC ninja moves with this stylish brass Begleri. Inspired by traditional Greek worry beads, the Begleri is a popular skill toy that's kind of like nunchaku for your fingers.
June 17, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word sanguinarian
Yesterday I learned a new word: sanguinarian. It’s as bad as it sounds, as I discovered in the secret vampire group, where 2,000 group members exchange resources for best ways to find willing human donors for their blood consumption and how to keep the habit a secret from their immediate circles who would never understand what it’s like to be an actual vampire. It’s an elevated life form, one that common folk could never understand. But still not hurting anyone…okay, well at least not without their consent. So what’s the problem?
scarequotes commented on the word Kongsploitation
And then you had some folks that were content to just ruthlessly riff on King Kong itself. Rather than imagine literally any other monster blown up to ridiculous proportions, they simply recycled the overgrown primate storyline again and again, resulting in a strange, dusty little cinematic corner that’s sheer Kongsploitation. And like any idiosyncratic genre, its offerings range from nakedly dull knock-offs to completely deranged dispatches that feel like they shouldn’t exist. Here’s five of them, and this is by no means a comprehensive list—this just happens to be the quintet I watched on a whim with Kong: Skull Island approaching. Believe it or not, there are at least five more that could comprise another list in the future.
scarequotes commented on the word Xennial
Between Generation X and the Millennials, there’s a group of people currently in their late 20s and early 30s who don’t identify with either label. We call them the Xennials—a micro-generation that serves as a bridge between the disaffection of Gen X and the blithe optimism of Millennials. But why aren’t they as pissed off as Gen X or as confident as Millennials? Are they luckier than both the preceding and following generations? Or did they get screwed that much harder, thanks to a unique combination of developmental milestones and world events? Our authors, born on either end of the four-year-window, disagree.
June 11, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word blerd
Blerd, or black nerd, is a term that has gained more and more popularity in the past couple of years. Try searching for #blerd on Instagram and Twitter and you'll be flooded with tons of nerdtastic thoughts and personalities. In fact, it's likely that you'll get sucked in to some rabbit hole of randomness ... because let's face it, all of us have a bit of nerd inside of us. And so, here's a dozen Blerd accounts in Twitter that you should be following to get your daily dose of blerdiness:
June 10, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Glonut
The mastermind behind Strawberry Watermelon Cake, dubbed the most Instagrammed cake in the world, has now given us the gorgeous 'Glonut'.
And creator Christopher Thé has told Daily Mail Australia just how he managed to get his doughnuts to look radioactive - while still tasting delicious.
June 9, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word hard seltzer
Looking for something refreshing, bubbly and not too sweet? Oh, and alcoholic? We've got just the thing: hard seltzer. Yes, your boozy LaCroix dreams have come true.
June 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word a-Lago
I’ll leave it to greater minds (looking at you, Dan Rather) to determine how yuge the Flynn scandal is, but one thing is certain: The Trump presidency is starting out so rocky that we’re going to need a better scandal suffix than the hoary old “-gate.”
The obvious choice? It’s “-a-lago.” As in the winter White House, Mar-a-Lago.
May 27, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word banista
Amazon’s community banana stands were thought up by CEO Jeff Bezos, who thought the company could help the local community by giving out healthy food. The first stand opened on campus of the online retailer and cloud computing giant in December 2015, and it was joined by another in October 2016. More than 1.7 million bananas have been given away by the “banistas” who run the two stands, Monday through Friday.
May 24, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word squillo
Apart from sounding like some dirty act, ‘squillo‘ is one of the most useful words in the Italian vocabulary, in my opinion. What does it mean, you ask?! Well since there is no exact translation into English, it means, ‘call someone on his or her cellphone, let it ring 1-3 times, and then hang up.’ This will let your friend know that you have arrived at your previously agreed upon destination.
scarequotes commented on the word frosé
Hot weather means it’s prime time for frosty beverages, and what better way to indulge than with glasses of the still-trendy frosé (a.k.a. frozen rosé)? Take the summer-perfect wine, freeze it, and viola, it becomes even more seasonally appropriate.
scarequotes commented on the word avolatte
From the country that brought the world fairy toast and flat whites comes another breakfast innovation: the avolatte, a latte inside of an avocado. It’s actually a latte inside of half an avocado skin, with a little bit of the flesh of the fruit still clinging to its shell.
scarequotes commented on the word stuntsploitation
STEEL ARENA doesn’t seem at first glance like a particularly distinguished b-movie, especially in its current form as a poorly transferred old VHS tape that’s scanned but not panned. Many scenes, including the first one, are conversations in the front seats of vehicles with one or more participants mostly cropped out of frame. I rented it because it’s one of these stuntsploitation movies I find so interesting, but this time it’s about the lives of professional stunt drivers in a road show, not in movies. Most of the stars are real drivers playing themselves and doing their own driving. STEEL ARENA is to stunt drivers as ACT OF VALOR is to Navy SEALs.
May 19, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word witchsploitation
Witchsploitation! Witchcraft “Documentaries” From the Golden Age of Groovy
May 18, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word kindasorta
But you kindasorta accidentally consented to this treatment/scene/behavior—sortakindasorta—by "sort of" saying "no problem." You're allowed to withdraw your kindasorta consent at any time, of course, and if sex with this might-be-an-asshole guy is making you unhappy—if taking his loads and being his come dump makes you feel bad/used/unsatisfied—withdraw your consent or renegotiate your deal. If not getting to come yourself during these encounters isn't what you want going forward, HOLE, make your dissatisfaction known and your satisfaction a requirement.
May 16, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word attention hacking
Far-right groups develop techniques of “attention hacking” to increase the visibility of their ideas through the strategic use of social media, memes, and bots—as well as by targeting journalists, bloggers, and influencers to help spread content.
May 15, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word prestige TV
In recent weeks, the knives have come out for so-called “prestige TV,” the high-toned cable and streaming dramas that drive so much discussion on the internet and earn so much attention from the media.
May 14, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Dark Knight employee
More famous for populating Wild West gangs, superhero movies and the New York subway, vigilantes are now found in all corners of professional life, a new survey has found. Over the course of their careers, more than half the people surveyed had experienced at least one “Dark Knight employee”, as researchers dubbed them, while 18% said they still worked with one.
May 5, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word ACE
Short for Adverse Childhood Experiences.
An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems.
scarequotes commented on the word MerMay
The legendary animator Tom Bancroft has a challenge for you this month! Come check it out and join in.
Over on his Instagram account, Tom has created #MerMay, a drawing challenge that invites you to “post a new mermaid drawing every day in May.”
May 4, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word fidget spinner
If you don’t have kids, you’ve probably never heard of the fidget spinner. But if you do, you may have recently been dragged to a toy store or 7-Eleven to purchase this latest must-have gadget.
Fidget spinners, made from plastic or metal with a bearing in the center and several prongs that can spin around it, are intended for mindless play while working or sitting in class.
May 3, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word brewstillery
Definition: A brewpub that’s also a distillery. Not vice versa; that would a disery.
Sample usage: “Bro, we can probably get like a pail of whiskey at that new brewstillery.”
Popularity: It makes sense in context; otherwise it sounds like a word for inebriated shenanigans. “All right, you two,” the policeman said, “cut out the brewstillery.”
scarequotes commented on the word soft swap
We've been sleeping with another couple for three months (first time my BF and I opened our relationship). How do I suggest full penetration with the opposite partner? At this point, we just do oral and that's the "groove" we're in.
Only-oral-with-others may be this couple's preferred groove and the lane they want to stay in. If they're only up for the "soft swap," as it's known in swinging circles, penetration isn't gonna happen. But you should feel free to ask for what you want—at the very least, you'll get some long-overdue clarity about their boundaries.
scarequotes commented on the word nooch
Although it shares a name with the same stuff used to get bread to rise, nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast. So it’s not a leavening agent and it won’t froth when it hits liquid. And because it is not derived from animal or wheat products, it’s considered vegan and it’s also gluten-free. You’ll find it in both powder and flake forms, in bulk bins of health food stores and in shaker bottles. And as for the less-than-fun name, the vegan blogosphere has taken care of that by nicknaming the stuff “nooch.”
May 2, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word greyfield
The proliferation of half-vacant shopping centers and abandoned malls on the fringes of cities has become such a pervasive problem that we have a new word for it: greyfields. Chances are you have a few in your community: acres of paved parking with weeds creeping through the cracks and a dilapidated big-box structure standing in the middle. They’re the increasingly hard-to-ignore manifestation of what’s often described as the retail meltdown. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the retail sector lost approximately 30,000 jobs in March alone, with thousands of store closings projected through 2017. At this pace, store closings in 2017 are likely to surpass the Great Recession year of 2008.
May 1, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word reproductive coercion
The reality is that, stripped of its trendy new name, "stealthing" is a common form of domestic violence, which is typically called "reproductive coercion." It includes, not just removing or sabotaging condoms, but a wide array of tactics intended to sabotage birth control or render it unavailable. "Reproductive coercion" cases are hard to take to court—either because the laws don't exist, or because the cases are difficult to prove—but it's still regarded as unambiguously abusive. It's also common: In 2010, the National Domestic Violence Hotline surveyed 3,169 women, and found that a quarter of them had been ordered not to use birth control. In another survey, 16 percent of women reported that their partners "poked holes in condoms, hid birth-control pills, or threatened them if the women didn't get pregnant."
scarequotes commented on the word stealthing
But, though "sex trend" coverage is always obnoxious, it becomes downright dangerous when it obscures and trivializes sexual violence. The latest instance: "stealthing," a practice in which men remove their condoms during sex without their partner's consent. It's drawn plenty of overheated coverage already: The New York Post dubs it "The New Dangerous Sex Trend;" it's a "Disturbing Sex Trend" as per USA Today. You would hardly know from these headlines what the fuss is about: National Women's Law Center fellow Alexandra Brodsky's recent paper in the Columbia Journal of Law and Gender advocates for criminalizing "stealthing" as a form of sexual assault.
scarequotes commented on the word declineshaming
A problematic trend is spreading like an epidemic on the web. In a desperate attempt to nudge users towards conversions like newsletter signups some websites are adding manipulative link text to their popup modals. These user-shaming labels are called manipulinks (a clever term coined by Steve Costello): they employ the practice of what is often referred to as confirmshaming — making users feel bad for opting out of an offer (logically, this practice might better be described as declineshaming).
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scarequotes commented on the word broflake
Netflix dropped the first trailer for its new comedy series Dear White People today, and already broflakes (what I’ve decided to call MAGA hat-wearing dudes who complain about “snowflakes” but are themselves overly sensitive) are cancelling their accounts.
April 30, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word planesona
April 28, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word Tumblr pink
For those of you not fluent in It Tints: Millennial pink is the pale, blush-peach-salmon-baby pink hue that's on everything from home goods to tote bags. It's also known as Tumblr Pink or Rose Quartz. We were warned to expect it in fall 2015, when Pantone decreed it to be one of the colors of the year for 2016.
April 26, 2017
scarequotes commented on the word millennial pink
And Pantone's color forecasters looked like geniuses when it broke out big. According to color forecasters, this pink was the right hue at the right time: the muted tone reflects "society's understanding of femininity ... changing the way people think about the female experience."
As a result of its timeliness, millennial pink is the icy hue that refuses to go away in 2017 -- it's selling bigger than anything in green, which was supposed to be the It Color for 2017, a sort of "Well, that was a crazy year! Aren't we all glad we're chill and into saving the environment now?" palate cleanser after society had finished wrestling with questions of how we define gender.
scarequotes commented on the word femmephobia
Now, femmephobia is the fear or hatred of all people and things which are perceived as femme, feminine, effeminate, and/or twink, regardless of their gender.
A direct result of femmephobia is the oppression of anyone (men, women, and other genders) whose gender presentation is in any way classified as being on the feminine end of the gender binary, due to their clothing, behavior, or mannerisms.
April 25, 2017
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