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You’re a what with a glove? Or, pardon my mondegreen

We have all heard them—or misheard them: “There’s a bathroom on the right” (for “There’s a bad moon on the rise,” from “Bad Moon Rising,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival); “Might as well face it, you’re a dick with a glove” (for “Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love,” from “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer); and perhaps the most famous of all, “’Scuse me while I kiss this guy,” (for “’Scuse me while I kiss the sky,” from “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix). 609 more words

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On Euphemisms and Trophy Hunting

According to Wikipedia,“A euphemism is a generally innocuous word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant.”. As a writer, I often go to great effort to discover the word that most precisely represents the idea that I am trying to convey. 894 more words


What Do You Call These Eggs?

If you take a hardboiled egg, scoop out the yolk and mix it with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper and perhaps something spicier than the mustard, and put it back into the white part of the egg, I call it a devilled egg. 93 more words

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night falls / evening / please (haiga / senryu)

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Willow.  I got a bit carried away with this post — sorry!   And – sadly – while I have tons of photos, I have only TWO sessions involving willows.  101 more words




What are they?

1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.

2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for“to die.”. 170 more words

B2+ Upper Intermediate

Bad Writer & Odd Thinker Person . . . thing . . .

English is my first language, and writing and storytelling have been the things I have wanted to do ever since I learned about the concepts. It is strange, considering this, how bad I am at writing. 166 more words

The Finger, or “Bird Is the Word"

Nixon did it, and so did Kennedy. George W. Bush has been caught numerous times on tape grinning broadly and flashing what he called the “one-finger salute.” It has been described as “flipping someone off” or “giving someone the bird,” but when it comes right down to it, the gesture of raising the middle finger ultimately translates as “fuck you!” Every nation has its own array of verbal assaults, but they also have their arsenal of insulting gestures as well. 1,539 more words

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