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  • What the word means is this:

    You’ll notice how, when walking down the street, you’ll sometimes find yourself facing someone going in the opposite direction, and each of you is blocking the other, and when you move to the left, the other person . . . moves to the right, and vice versa, and after you’ve done this, say, twice, it’s almost impossible not to do it, and now you’re having far more interaction with this other person than you really want to have, and you’re both looking at each other all apologetic and embarrassed. It is an awkward impasse.
    —Tim Carvell, Some Common Life Problems, with Possible Solutions, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, March 21, 2000.

    January 17, 2010

  • What's the possible solution?

    January 17, 2010

  • Quickly, d-c, get over to gangerhkinesis for an important message.

    January 17, 2010

  • Indeed. It's a situation which inspires contratrepidation.

    January 17, 2010

  • This is no time for levity, ruzuzu.

    January 17, 2010

  • I certainly hope the solution isn't contratrephination.

    January 17, 2010

  • Clever though, 'zu. Maybe too clever for catnappers. Now then, perhaps that's the key . . . .

    January 17, 2010

  • Oops--sorry, gangerh. I do appreciate the... gravity of the situation. Contralevity?

    January 17, 2010