n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details—raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life, a mood whose only known cure is the vuvuzela.
Notice how amazing my music taste was as a sophomore in high school. Stumbled across this gem of a playlist today - I used to make a themed mix for each month of the year and this was apparently what I thought of April. Note: Prom was in April hence track 4.
1. Plainsong - The Cure
2. Rebellion (Lies) - The Arcade Fire
3. Legendary - Lou Barlow
4. Existentialism on Prom Night - Straylight Run
5. Promising Light - Iron & Wine
6. We Both Go Down Together - The Decemberists
7. Summer is Coming - Matt Pond PA
8. Don’t Die On Me! - Mirah
9. The World At Large - Modest Mouse
10. Size Too Small - Sufjan Stevens
11. The Past And Pending - The Shins
12. Oh, Well Okay - Elliott Smith
13. Take It Easy (Love Nothing) - Bright Eyes
14. Like Spinning Plates - Radiohead
15. Angeldust (Please Come Down) - Jump, Little Children
“Swedish, adding to all the awesomeness, has proven especially adept at coining new words for the new circumstances occasioned by new technologies. Below, some of the best Swedologisms I could find, via the Swedish news site The Local. We should, obviously, incorporate them into English as soon as possible.
1.Bloggbävning, n. Definition: Literally translating to “blogquake,” the word describes the process by which a topic explodes in the blogosphere and is then picked up by more mainstream media outlets. Used in an English sentence: “Man, that ‘ogooglebar’ thing really caused a bloggbävning today.”
2. Livslogga, v. Definition: Literally translating to “life log,” the word refers to continually documenting one’s life in pictures. Used in an English sentence: “I know my Instagram is full of retro-looking pictures of salads, but what can I say? It’s fun to livslogga.”
3. Ogooglebar, adj. Definition: Literally meaning “ungoogleable,” the term is used to describe someone or something that doesn’t show up in Google results. Used in an English sentence: “I’m going on a date tonight, but he’s totally ogooglebar! What are the odds he’s an axe murderer?”
4. Nomofob, n. Definition: A person who feels anxious at the very thought of being separated from his or her mobile phone. (Adapted from the clunky English “no mobile phone phobia.”) Used in an English sentence: “I’d love to go swimming, but I can’t be in the water for very long — I’m sort of a nomofob.”
Chief Justice John Roberts (to SG Verrilli): “General, is it — is it the government’s submission that the citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North”
Justice Antonin Scalia (to SG Verrilli): “And this last enactment, not a single vote in the Senate against it. And the House is pretty much the same. Now, I don’t think that’s attributable to the fact that it is so much clearer now that we need this. I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political process.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor (to Shelby County attorney Bert W. Rein): “May I ask you a question Assuming I accept your premise, and there’s some question about that. that some portions of the South have changed, your county pretty much hasn’t… In.. In the period we’re talking about, it has many more discriminating — 240 discriminatory voting laws that were blocked by Section 5 objectives. There were numerous remedied by Section 2 litigation. You may be the wrong party bringing this.”
Justice Kennedy (to SG Verrilli): “But if — if Alabama wants to have monuments to the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, if it wants to acknowledge the wrongs of its past, is it better off doing that in it’s an own independent sovereign or if it’s under the trusteeship of the United States Government?”
Justice Sotomayor (to Rein): “Why should we make the judgment, and not Congress, about the types and forms of discrimination and the need to remedy them?”
Justice Kagan (to Rein): Well, that’s a big, new power that you are giving us, that we have the power now to decide whether racial discrimination has been solved? I did not think that fell within our bailiwick.”
“amazeballs: You think it’s irritating that people overuse the word amazing, particularly when they pronounce it ah-mah-zing. But amazeballs makes you want to commit violence against your own eardrums. For realballs.
artisanal: If you have to listen to one more hipster brag about something being artisanal, you are going to snap their Ray-Bans in half. “Artisanal” has become such a commonplace label that it will soon have all the selling power of “MSG-free.”
cray: You thought it was cute at first, saying that crazy things were “cray-cray” and then walking it back to the more familiar “cray.” Unfortunately, cute is rarely a quality that endures.
Gangnam style: Heeeeeey, sexy lady! Stop it. Just stop it.
literally: You have figuratively had it up to here with people using literally when they mean, say, metaphorically. To paraphrase the great Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, precision is the very soul of communication.
meh: This was a fine reaction to the lackluster Republican field during the election. Now you’re over it — and think we could all do with a little less apathy in general. Employ some constructive criticism, people.
totes: Simply abbreviating something doesn’t make it cool. This word has totes magotes lost its staying power.
YOLO: You Only Live Once — so stop wasting your fleeting breath on this terrible acronym.
zombie apocalypse: What is it with the undying zombie fixation? You’d rather hear about almost anything else at this point: a werewolf apocalypse, a kraken apocalypse, a toaster apocalypse!”