Mother English, unstoppably fecund, brings forth new words in abundance. While we want to welcome each of these new baby words, there are a few, I'm afraid, that will turn the stomach of anyone with a sense of propriety!
Even the two men standing at the bar who looked like actors were not (though when pressed, they confessed to having actorlike hair).The New York Times, 17 November 2007.
Ernest was self-conscious in an actory way, his reading was false, and he could scarcely take his eyes from the beauty of Burton's head.Alec Guinness, "Blessings in Disguise".
For three hours she held Coleman entranced by her comedy, her outrage, her hair, and by her flair for manufacturing excitement, by a frenzied, untrained adolescent intellect and an actressy ability to enkindle herself and believe her every exagerration.Philip Roth, "The Human Stain".
If we had to explain the order in biology by lots of detailed, incredibly improbable bits of selection and ad-hocery, if everything we see was a hard struggle in the beginning, we wouldn't be here.Mitchell Waldrop, "Complexity".
For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury,W S Gilbert, "The Pirates of Penzance".
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century;
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
He was rumored to play squash at five A.M. every morning, not an encouraging habit in a boss, who would therefore arrive at the office at six-thirty, all pumped up and aerobicated and ready to eat the day and any less-than-1000-percent-committed staffers along with it.Christopher Buckley, "Thank You for Smoking".
A farm-wife with worn-out fingers sold us a massive bear-claw, and I tore off little bits and fed them to Mike, then licked the almondy crumbs from my fingertips.Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier"
In function 'float r_huge ( void )':
new declaration 'float r_huge()'
ambiguates old declaration 'double r_huge()'.
Karla and I drove down the hill to Syntex, birthplace of the birth control pill, a little bit below Mom and Dad's house, down on Hillview Avenue - a 1970s utopian, Andromeda Strainishly empty tech complex.Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
STEWART (ANGSTY) AND COLBERT (NOT) RETURN, GAZING AT NAVELS AND NEWS.The New York Times, 09 January 2008.
AN ANGSTY LEADING MAN WHO CAUGHT THE SPIRIT OF HIS TIMESThe New York Times, 31 July 2008.
In the stairwell scene, lines like "It's a long way up, but it's worth it" are clearly weighted with double meaning in a way that seemed pretty anvil-y for this show.Slate, 26 July 2012.
"What's the neighborhood like?"The Extras Special Series Finale
"Well, it's got lots of Asians and blacks, and it does get very Araby towards the high street."
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The hard-to-please Housman praised [Richard Bentley] for the "firm strength and piercing edge and arrowy swiftness of his intellect, his matchless facility and adroitness and resource".Nicholson Baker, "Essays and Other Lumber".
As the situation requires, Mitchell also draws on the interviewing styles - variously confrontational and ass-kissy - of Peter Bogdanovich, Charlie Rose, and James Lipton.Slate magazine, 07 July 2008.
"My husband likes to see a full refrig when he gets home, you know? He opens the door, grabs something Atkins-y, pours himself a glass of wine."Susan Isaacs, "Any Place I Hang My Hat".
We audible these things, and we make changes.secretary of state Colin Powell, speaking on a talk show to Tim Russert.
Having become interested in biology after marrying a geneticist in 1991, he began poring over texts, and autodidacted until he had mastered the subject.Technology Review, February 2005.
For a long time, the only discernible libertarian around here was Jack Shafer, a man unable to wean himself from speech, guns, and other annoying constitutional amendments. But lately, other folks seem to be getting a bit Ayn Randy.Slate Magazine, 22 September 2009.
When spot prices are higher than forward prices (a market condition known as backwardation), that is normally a sign that users are desperate to get hold of a commodity and are willing to pay a premium for immediate delivery.The Economist, 10 November 2007.
"We've used [a bacon sizzling] sound to flip the flavour of bacon and egg ice cream. If we play that sound over the loudspeakers in the room, the ice cream will taste more bacony than if you play the sound of, say, farmyard chickens."BBC News, quoting a winner of the 2008 IgNobel Awards.
My ankle was balloony and limp.David Mitchell, Black Swan Green.
"I loved the White Album. I felt we were getting back together as a band. There was a lot of bandy tracks."Ringo Starr, in a television interview, 2008.
"Across the lot was the Manasquan Bar, a barny old hip-roofed fisherman's roadhouse with a red BAR sign on top."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
"I came here long ago, when I was in college, to a dense, festering old barrely dancehall called the Walled Lake Casino."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
We're having a great time throwing the balls. Sometimes we throw them to each other, sometimes up at the ceiling trying to break the light bulb, or sometimes at Weiss when he looks as if he might be trying to get up. Every time we throw a ball, we yell out something basebally.William Wharton, "Birdy".
The filmmaking doesn't give you much chance to appreciate the costumes and sets, which might be the point; the production looks rather basic cable-y.Salon Magazine, 02 April 2011.
"Did you find a parking space okay?" I asked.Steve Martin, "The Pleasure of My Company".
I said they'd been hard to find because of the beachy weather.
What's more, Felix Krull, Mann's first-person account of a charming confidence man - a faker of the first degree - is really fun to read: I daresay beachy.Sara Dickerman, Slate Magazine, 02 August 2010.
I remember watching Cliff Richard movies on TV when I was an adolescent, mostly notably the beatniky-looking, black-and-white "Espresso Bongo" and a bouncy musical called "Summer Holiday."
BEEFCAKEY ADVENTURE ON THE ROMAN EMPIRE FRINGE.Headline in Salon magazine, 9 February 2011.
My mother buys the same three pairs of beige-y sling backs every few years, as heel styles change, at Lady Continental.Cynthia Kaplan, "Why I'm Like This".
Bleachy hotel sheets did not bother him, nor did he care about noisy air-conditioner vents, slow room service, or bad food.Allegra Goodman, "Intuition".
"'I'm sure glad to see you," she says, giving me a happy smile in the blinky TV light."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
Salt has a low specific gravity and is very plastic. Pile eight thousand feet of sediment on it and it starts to move. Slowly, blobularly, it collects itself and moves.John McPhee, "Basin and Range".
But it wouldn't be very bloggy to end without giving each side one more shot, now would it?
I bolded that line for emphasis.In this spirit, and supposing it legal to replace "made bold" by "bolded", I suppose we can say:
I freshed the air.
I unnecessaried the second suitcase.
The Word was fleshed.
Listening to her read, I aspired to be the Professor - to live in a small booky shack in an overgrown garden.Nicholson Baker, "Essays and Other Lumber".
Bertie Ahern, the Irish prime minister at the time of the rapid economic growth, merely boasted, "The boom is getting boomier," preferring to unknow the truth that booms always go bust.The New York Times, 31 December 2011.
The concentrate boom is the boomiest boom since the Brazilian rubber boom.John McPhree, "Oranges".
"You guys don't even know if it's dark or light out. Here, let me show you!"The Sarah Silverman Show.
"Well, technically it's overcast."
"Yeah, kind of bothy."
She hears a couple of hesitant steps, then a glassy, bottley sound and a heavy thump.Tibor Fischer, "The Collector Collector".
It was the only boutiquey fabric store in town and it had prices to match, but I loved it...Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
Certain words emanated a new significance: "night", "teacher", "foreign", even "math", and Charlotte looked for ways to say these words because each utterance gave her a bowelly pinch of pleasure, like plucking a string.Jennifer Egan, "Look at Me".
"Though in the two years since my divorce I've sometimes walked out in these winding, bowery streets after dark on some ruminative errand or other and looked in at these same houses, windows lit with bronzy cheer, dark cars hove to the curbs, the sound of laughing and glasses tinking and spirited chatter floating out, and thought to myself: what good rooms these are."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
One of us was recently informed by a first grader, over dinner, that the first grader's friends included "girls, boys, girly boys and boyey girls."Ramona Faith Oswald, Libby Balter Blume, Stephen Marks, "Decentering Heteronormativity: A Model For Family Studies", in "Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research", edited by Vern Bengtson.
I don't know why, but I'm in a breakfasty kind of mood.Billy Crudup as Henry Roth, in "Dedication".
"Choices are what we all need. And when I walk out into the bricky warp of these American cities, that is exactly what I feel."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
Lucia ponders the suggestion. Finally she chants with her eyes closed, "Bray, maybe, with a suggestion of purple in it. Not bridesmaidy".Elinor Lipman, "Then She Found Me".
Well, she said, Britishy, fancy meeting you here.Douglas Hobbie, "The Day".
A nurse with broomy hair ran slap-bang into me.David Mitchell, Black Swan Green.
"No offense to my dad or anything, but this guy is not so businessmanny."Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
Another plaid-shirted, blue-jeaned wavy-haired, big-wallet trucker is now waiting midway of the lobby, glomming a sheaf of businessy-looking papers, staring hatchets at me as if I were on his private line.Richard Ford, "Independence Day".
GETTIN' BUSINESS-Y: Eating and Flirting on America's Next Top Financial News ChannelNew York, 29 October 2007.
But Tara defends the cult's creepy cando-ism.The New York Times, 11 August 2006.
On this spring afternoon, the 44-year-old CEO of San Diego-based biotech company Cytori Therapeutics pulls out his laptop, launches a PowerPoint presentation, and there they are: conical and cantaloupy, A's through D's, beige and pink and taupe and tan, more breasts than you might ever see in a women's locker room, never mind in the middle of a lunch table.Wired, November 2010.
"You just sound cute when you get all causey!"Spencer Tracey (Adam Bonner), to Katherine Hepburn (Amanda Bonner), in "Adam's Rib".
"The case for war is caveatted all to hell."General Miller, in "In the Loop".
The room was full of steam, the cedary smell of his soap heavy in the damp air.Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
"At first I thought this was going to be just another chainy kind of restaurant."Personal observation.
"Eventually my turn came, and the words that I had written in silence, (an earplug-enhanced silence, as a matter of fact, that amplified the fleeting Chiclety contact of upper and lower incisors...)"Nicholson Baker, "Reading Aloud".
He looked so benign and his cheeks were kind of chimpmunky and his eyes were so sparkly.Jane Smiley, "Duplicate Keys".
She had glossy black hair twisted back with lacquered chopstick-y things, and diamond studs the size of cocktail peanuts in her ears.Jennifer Weiner, "Good in Bed".
"The sanctuary is swimiming in permanent, churchy light and jam-packed with heads and flowered hats bowed in beseechment."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
There was a smell to the place I hadn't noticed before, a sort of dry, cigary bite in the air.J Robert Lennon, "The Funnies".
Beside me, Pierce breathed his labored, cigarettey breaths.J Robert Lennon, "The Funnies".
Disraeli, for example, saw cause for comment when at dinner he found him 'calm and not at all claret-y'.Robert Blake, "Disraeli".
Dionysius has his assistants pull a series of gowns from the closet, dithering as he tries to find the right match. "A bit clashy," he says, tossing one aside.The New York Times, 05 July 2008.
But that's not why Amazon is paying your wireless bills, and that's not why it burdened the design with a tiny, clicky keyboard.The New York Times, 22 November 2007.
Sea stacks are wee tiny islands that tend to be cliffy, taller than they are wide and generally not joined to the land.Archaeology, November/December 2006.
"Nice. She was tall, on the slim side. A little clothes-horsey."Susan Isaacs, "Any Place I Hang My Hat".
"My head looks all computery and damn pixillated."Episode 8 of the HBO series "East Bound and Down".
"We lived mostly on that leftover, condimenty stuff, you know? Ketchups and jams. Chutney. And then, just every now and then, there'd be, oh, oatmeal or dried-up spaghetti or something."Sue Miller, "While I Was Gone".
They are the wings, I note, of a condor (the other condory bits having been disposed of) painted white, again not particularly skilfully.Tibor Fischer, "The Collector Collector".
Copper has spent much of the last two years in backwardation. But it recently moved to a state of contango, where futures prices are above spot prices.The Economist, 10 November 2007.
Also, the contests seem so arbitrary, so flagrantly contest-y when the point of a really good book is that it can't be meaningfully compared to anything else - certainly not in a way that can be quantified.Laura Miller, Salon, 23 March 2010.
Arthur felt his temper rising as he recopied the words; felt also the coolth of Jean's advice.Julian Barnes, "Arthur & George".
"Grayton Beach is not aristocratic, even though the prices have now reached a certain point. You don't shave and you don't wear socks. And there are no high-rises. It just has that old, cottagey charm to it."The New York Times, 06 June 2008.
When I was four my mother nicknamed me Clumsy, until my father apparently told her to stop because it was just country clubby enough to stick.Anna Quindlen, "Rise and Shine".
For the simple girl - that's Lauren here - high dudgeon about disloyalty is one (annoying) way to keep more coupley friends on the hook.The New York Times, 13 August 2007.
I guess the thing that surprises me the most (and you may want to pursue the literature in and out of AA on this), is that the organization is markedly different from, say Synanon or one of those culty groups.
"Don't get cunty with me!"Paulie Walnuts to Christopher, on "The Sopranos"..
Mr Wiseman, who believes his art is in his editing, eschews that wanton, good-time cutty style, choosing instead to manipulate images like a traditional celluloid editorThe New York Times, 13 June 2007.
Aaron Copland's Rodeo is a classic of the American West. It's dancy, it's dusty.The DJ on a classical music radio station.
I could put her through the motions like a jointed puppet, all dancy in the limbs, loose, nothing to hold her up but me.Jane Hamilton, "Disobedience".
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Now, I'm a self-sufficient girl, and I do know the difference between alone and lonely, but I felt that I had been crossing into the barren, deserty landscape of the latter recently, and I really ought to take action.Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare, "The Second Assistant".
I had hoped the lawyers' office would be old and dark, with a Dickensy old lawyer; but it was just an ordinary office and we only saw a clerk, who was young, with very sleek hair.Dodie Smith, "I Capture the Castle".
"A thick diesely smell is in the air."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
[Aviation's] purchase of the right to emit a tonne of CO2 from a ground source will be a net disbenefit to the environment.Caroline Lucas, MEP.
His usual practice is to disbind the newspapers - that is, cut them out of their chronological context with a utility knife (you can hear the binding strings pop softly as the blade travels down the inner gutter of the volume) - and sell the eye-catching headline issues.Nicholson Baker, "Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper".
Ms Hayden has been credited with one of the more creative online responses to nasty commentators - disemvowelment, the removal of all the vowels from a post. Not quite censorship, but not exactly unfettered commentary either. Ms Blue - who was disemconsonanted, too - said that even that half-step gave her a creepy feeling.The New York Times, 07 July 2008.
Presiding over the mayhem were the serious Rowan and the doofusy Martin, full of bogus, often risque theories about life, which he appeared to hold with unwavering certainty.The Week, 06 June 2008.
Has the Chelsea Hotel kicked out their douchey new management?
You can copy electronic books onto any downloady device you have.Overheard at the library.
"I want women to wear lime-green dresses with white embroidery this summer. But drapey, not all stiff."Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
Anyone have a pup with easty/westy feet, and did your pup grow out of it or is there something I can give them like calcium?
Wei challenged this assertion and proceeded to draw the best elephant he could with various number of parameters. Here I show his results with 5, 10, 20 and 30 adjustable parameters. Not very elephanty elephants, even with 30 parameters.
"Crusing the elmy streets of insular Newfoundland in a devil's own fury?"Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
For example, say you take estimates of the set of words most likely to come after each four-word sequence, and use those estimates to grow a string, word by word, always looking at the four most recent words to determine the next one. The string will be eerily Englishy, but not English.Steven Pinker, "The Language Instinct".
The smell means nothing to me, not that one or cherry pipe tobacco or wet oilcloth or any of the other vaguely Englishy things with which our parents apparently tried to disguise themselves. but not English.Anna Quindlen, "Rise and Shine".
"I have been epiphanied by the quality of your essays this week," said Professor Embers.Neal Stephenson, "The Big U".
Even fashion-y swimsuits are lame and poorly rendered.The New York Times, 22 May 2008.
But Kate was pitch perfect. Nothing too insanely fashiony or arch.Slate Magazine, 29 April 2011.
The last place, the Palace, was a bit film starry; not really you if you know what I mean.Dirk Bogarde, "Snake and Ladders".
Something behind him caught her eye. A gesture. A particular, fisty way of pushing glasses up the nose.Claire Messud, "The Emperor's Children".
"Put a bulky letter-sweater on either of them, a flippy pleated skirt and bobby sox, and my heart would swell for them."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
With the exception of "Wildest Dream" - slightly modern rock, slightly Foo-Fightery - "Revelation" operates with its own kind of Schillinger System, an almost clinical set of chord modulations, solo lengths and emotional progressions.The New York Times, 02 June 2008.
I keep up with this stuff, so I’m used to seeing forehead-slappy moments, denial so abrupt and profound it's hard to imagine the promulgator lives on the same planet the rest of us do.Phil Plait, Slate Magazine, 25 February 2014.
"How should we think of conspiracy theorists? They're often dismissed as fringey nuts, but an awful lot of Americans believe in one conspiracy or another."Salon, 24 April 2013.
"Everybody looks so Gappy and identical."Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
The idea of dinner with Guido and Holly appalled Misty.Laurie Colwin, "Happy All the Time".
"I will not sit around making nervous small talk over some garbagy rack of lamb," she said.
"Ethan Hawke was the hottest Gen-X-y kind of guy."From some "who was hot" show on VH1.
But unfortunately French feminists don't tend to write in an American girlfriend-y kind of tone, so I just gave her a loose summary instead.Hanna Rosin, Slate, 24 April 2012.
"And yet, despite this sort of easy Glenn-Gouldy contempt in my background, there I was physically in Edinburgh, under that tent, among strangers, finishing up my own first reading..."Nicholson Baker, "Reading Aloud".
Her son, Chicky, part-time grease moneky turned felon, couldn't even manage to get incarcerated at one of those nice, golf-course-y federal prisons where the better class of offenders go.Susan Isaacs, "Any Place I Hang My Hat".
Goliaths get bigger and more Goliath-y while Davids shrink and wither.David Engber, Slate Magazine, 07 October 2013.
Content ID is a typically Googly way to solve these disputes - it replaces human judgment with powerful algorithms.Farhad Manjoo, Slate Magazine, 27 April 2010.
It has to be said that Elaine can be just a mite governessy.Penelope Lively, "The Photograph".
Proust's grandmothery passage about the metaphors effaced by the usure of the modern tongue recalls Joyce's lovely "She hated the effacement to which English usage reduced the widowed mother..." from Chapter 5.Nicholson Baker, "Essays and Other Lumber".
One of the sturdy cliches of contemporary brand-building is the importance of avoiding an image that's too "crunchy" or, worse, too "granola-y".The New York Times Sunday Magazine, 28 January 2007.
The check, he said, was "gratis-ed".
These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzi.
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The kids want a quick clean hamburgery place with Formica tables and clear neutral windows giving on the stream of traffic that ties them securely to the future.John Updike, "How to love America and leave it at the same time".
"I can feel handsomey. That feels handsomey."Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, playing a blind woman on "Arrested Development".
"He wanted to go further than I did, and that made me uncomfortable, and I realized that that's not the kind of person that I wanted to be around," she says. "I don't think that's necessarily being a terrorist. I think that's just called being a hands-y teenaged boy."
Shelley, in 1821, in his Defence of Poetry (published in 1840), gave it a haremy flavor.Nicholson Baker, "Essays and Other Lumber".
In Newport Court, under the headmistressy yet motherly eye of the white-coated lady in charge, limited browsing had been the rule, half-a-crown's worth of purchase per five or six minutes.Kingsley Amis, "Jake's Thing".
"Pink," Edward said in satisfaction, peering at the filling in his biscuit.Joanna Trollope, "The Men and the Girls".
"Sorry," Kate said, "not very health foody -"
A month or so ago, I noticed a giant billboard near my apartment advertising Diet Coke Plus. Because I live in a hipstery part of Brooklyn, I almost mistook it for an art installation.Elizabeth Spiers, "Fast Company", February 2008.
"I figured I should look the part."Chris Bohjalian, "Midwives".
"The part?" I asked.
"You know, a home birthy sort. Peace, love, tie-dye. Alernative medicine."
This they gave him, and you could see the three of them drinking in the hookery glories of Lola Thong.Tom Wolfe, "Ambush at Fort Bragg".
Forget about I.P.A.'s, strong, hoppy brews developed by the British centuries ago to withstand the ocean voyage to colonial India.The New York Times, 09 January 2008.
Clearly she'd heard from Murray, [stet] some garbled version of his learning program - she seemed to think he was under the impression that he could teach himself the sciences, chemistry and the like - and she asked him, in that hostessy way of hers, at once gentle and persistent, even probing, like Stella Woods, his childhood dentist, with her soft voice, her tongue depressor, and inescapable, ruthless, tiny pick.Claire Messud, "The Emperor's Children".
Celia Hooper appeared with a plate of sandwiches, flagged 'cucumber', smiling too, but in a hostessy way.Joanna Trollope, "The Rector's Wife".
I want her childhood to be Huck Finn-y, you know.The character Burt Farlander, prospective father, in the movie "Away We Go".
As anyone could have predicted, most of the group went rushing to the Heart corner, crowding together in a warm and huggy mass.Jonathan Franzen, "The Discomfort Zone".
Only the old giddyup (mine) is vanished, and I'm not lying here a-buzz and a-thrill but listening haphazard to voices on the beach - the way I used to feel, would like to feel, gone. Left is only a hungrified wonder about where it might be and will it ever come back.Richard Ford, "Independence Day".
He didn't want a log of short stories full of literary striving, vessel-popping, hungry-breasty suffering, Freudian sex-mushed swooning.Tom Wolfe, "Lost in the Whichy Thickets: The New Yorker".
The hybridity seemed irreconcilable for so many years until I understood the American habit of maintaining a reductive naivete through compartmentalized guilt.Caille Millner, "The Golden Road".
Ken Sunshine, the head of a P.R. firm in Manhattan, said he thought the media had an institutional bias against hype-y terms like "world renowned" and "once in a lifetime", which he studiously avoids putting in his news releases.The New York TImes, 30 June 2008.
"Isn't it hubris to blend your pool with the ocean?", I said, "Icarus-y?"Melissa Bank, "The Wonder Spot".
I resisted that for a very good reason. I though it would look a bit in-jokey or desperate.Ricky Gervais, interviewed in Time Magazine, 17 December 2007.
But this show is so obscure and insidery, that the only people likely to tune in are viewers familiar with the vocabulary and conventions of this sci-fi microgenre.Virgnina Heffernan, review of "The Amazing Screw-On Head" in the New York Times, 27 July 2006.
The other reason is that the show has always felt a bit insider-y in its humor.Matt Seitz, Salon Magazine, 23 June 2011.
As Dad often says, I'm a 'lucky girl' - by which he means I have a good 'temperament'. By this Jane Austeny word, he means that I am 'naturally at home in the world' while some people are 'all across it'.Sebastian Faulks, "Engleby".
With her jargony commentary on society, Millner often seems to be building defenses against getting too personal, being too clear.The New York Times Book Review, 25 February 2007.
I am very je ne regrette rien-y about it.Soshanna, in the HBO series "Girls".
In an outfit by one of those magisterial designers who escort jet-setty woman.Susan Isaacs, "Any Place I Hang My Hat".
Laura Prepon plays Chelsea, and Handler plays her older judgey, super-Christian sister Sloane.USA Today, 11 January 2012.
It's simple to cluck about invasions of privacy - and a lot more difficult to accept that honoring those principles would mean actually giving up something that's guilty, judgey fun.Slate magazine, 22 August 2012
"The fellow has thick, black eyebrows, a complicated but strict system of dark hair waves, narrow eyeslits and a knifey smile set in the pouting, mocking angle of swarthy self-congratulation."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
Oh: "That's the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."The movie "Year One" with Jack Black and Michael Cera.
Zed: "It's got sort of a knowledge-y taste."
"Tell me more about that bizarre landy world you come from. Is there water there, too?"Umbriel to Fry, in the "Lost World of Atlanta" episode of "Futurama".
Upstairs, promo girls dressed in leprechauny cocktail waitress outfits prepared to hand out "Get lucky" key chains and green beads.
Then, conversation driftes and yaws through topics such as immigration, the impropriety of colleges using funds to host productions of The Vagina Monologues, and whether prostitution and drugs ought to be legalized. Samantha Stoller, libertarianesquely, declares that they should be.Wells Tower, Harper's Magazine, September 2006.
Remy: You gotta taste this! This is... oh, it's got this kind of... mmm, it's burny, it's melty... it's not really a smoky taste. It's kind of like a certain... Pshah! It's got like this "Ba-boom! Zap!" kind of taste. Dont you think? What would you call that flavor?The Pixar/Disney movie "Ratatouille".
Remy: Yeah! It's lightning-y!
"I describe it as a links course through the air," Graeme McDowell said Wednesday. "When it blows here, the wind is a massive factor, you know, strength and direction, but it certainly does not play linksy along the ground."The Wall Street Journal, 09 August 2012.
A rubber duck is in effect a happy face with a body and lips - which is what the beak of the rubber duck has become: great, lipsticky, bee-stung lips.Donovan Hohn, Harper's Magazine, January 2007.
Although they had plenty of money, he took to wearing slightly grungy, often loud sport shirts and mismatched shorts or bathing suits, and white loafery types of shoes, dirty canvas boaters, or worn-down flip-flops.Cynthia Kaplan, "Why I'm Like This".
"I choose my words carefully, not wanting things to get locker-roomy."David Gilmour, "The Film Club".
Doors and windows were open, the maid was drawing up the sunblinds, a cool breeze was blowing in from the Park, smelling of dry grass and petrol - a most exciting, Londony smell which mixed with a glorious smell of the dinner cooking.Dodie Smith, "I Capture the Castle".
He put a hand out to take Judy's, but both hers were deep in her coat pockets, her long, black, Londony coat which proclaimed, as did all her clothes, how far she had deliberately come from the land on which she grew up.Joanna Trollope, "Next of Kin".
Luckily, I survived that evening unscathed, so no one will ever find out about that losery Jimmy Carter keychain.Sarah Vowell, "Assassination Vacation".
"I've got this new act. It's this loungey thing."Ron Fair, head of Geffen Records, describing his pitch for the Pussycat Dolls.
But between watching my clock and wondering whether Jennifer would have hurled herself histrionically into the back of her car and left already and also watching my cell phone to see whether Scott had called and following Jose's directions, which were taking me through many a luxe-y neighborhood, I didn't have much time to appreciate the fact that I was about to set foot for the first time on the hallowed earth of a legendary Hollywood studio.Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare, "The Second Assistant".
Oh, Malcolm Stewart. Malcolm Stewart. With your Macbeth-y first name and your Macbeth-ier last name. You did not just say the government might engage in a teensy little bit of judicious, narrowly tailored book-banning, did you?Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, 24 March 2009.
For many veteran readers of the Times, these magaziney table-of-contents pages fit like a loose suit and read like a celebration of white space.Slate, 01 April 2008.
As anyone could have predicted, this new friendship soon becomes what Jules would call making-outy, as she and Paul put down their plants and retire to his boudoir.Anthony Lake, The New Yorker, 12/19 July 2010.
"I went over to his unfurnished mansiony place in Woodside," she recalled, "and I found him huddled in the kitchen with his five colleagues and a few reporters hanging outside on the lawn."Walter Isaacson, "Steve Jobs".
"All of the studies characterize these people as not only the poorest people in the nation, but as the most powerless people in the nation, the most marginated and the most hopeless." message-y films.Roy Black, "Black's Law".
The GOP front-runner invents a less marriage-y phrase for "civil unions".Salon magazine, 11 October 2011.
Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' is disappointingly sweet and marshmallowy.Slate Magazine, 17 November 2011.
From Susan to all of us: HANDMADE Martha-Stewart-y gift baskets, which made us all feel cheap.Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
"The two women we happened to be sharing with made no attempt to conceal their disdain. 'That's brave!' said one. The other agreed: 'It's kinda matchy, doncha think?"Toby Young, "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People".
Those clear pastel colors, Matisse-y almost, peach and lime green and powder blue.John Updike, "Seek My Face".
The only MATLABy thing about rhs.m is the very last command, the highly useful hist.Paul Nahin, "Digital Dice".
Axl Rose and Kanye West have a surprising amount in common. They both see themselves as arch-individualists in a pop world of industry-reared sheep. Just how mavericky are these guys?Salon Magazine, 29 November 2008.
We may think that the new, more "visionary", more megatrendy definition embraces the old, but in fact it doesn't.Nicholson Baker, "Essays and Other Lumber".
Mr Kressley in his coral cashmere cable-knit is like a cheerful, menschy, cartoon character that might have sprung from the pages of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," had it been willing to have a good time.The New York Times, 04 January 2008.
He has since evolved from all-American boy next door to menschy goofball in a series of roles that have bolstered his guy's-guy credentials.The New York Times, 12 March 2009.
Every page contains at least one rollicking anecdote, astute observation, or nugget of menschy wisdom.Slate Magazine, 14 April 2011.
..."I Can't Get That Monster Out of My Mind", her [Joan Didion's] withering assessment of Hollywood's fatal penchant for message-y films.The Atlantic, March 2006.
It is not journalism. It is not documentary. It is a fictional representation set in a real time and place, replete with moments of inside humor, local celebrity and galloping, unrestrained meta.David Simon's open message to New Orleans, in defense of his HBO series 'Treme'.
Revolutionary Road hit me harder; even though Leo and Kate's combined star wattage does mean you have to squint occasionally to see the actual movie they're in, I liked the meta-ness of the Titanic couple careening toward an iceberg of the soul.Jessica Winter, Slate, 06 January 2009.
Something methody: people will tell you they do not teach method acting, but be careful; there are many different branches of method acting out there.
Day of coding. It felt really Microsofty for some reason.Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
At the same time, Streep flirts with her architect, played all milquetoasty by Steve Martin.The New Yorker, 04 January 2010.
After the uxorious but milquetoasty Sir William discovers his wife has been having an affair with a younger man, the suave Royal Air Force pilot Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), Hester shocks everyone by leaving her husband and moving into a squalid walkup flat, where she lives by herself, (badly) kept by Freddie as an on-again, off-again mistress.Slate Magazine, 28 September 2012.
"Do I look too monstery in this dress?"Leela, the one-eyed alien, in the animated movie "Futurama: Bender's Big Score"
"Siphon coffee is very delicate," he said. "It's sweeter and juicier, and the flavors change as the temperature changes. Sometimes it has a texture so light it's almost moussey."The New York Times, 23 January 2008.
"The story is narrated in the first person by a character who looks, in McKean's illustrations, exactly as Gaiman did at the time: mullety dark hair, black T-shirt, cigarette streaming smoke up toward his face, dark aviator glasses on indoors."The New Yorker, 25 January 2010.
In a personal sense, having these letters treated as murderabilia is appalling to us.The New York Times, 22 January 2007.
The parlor was a little bit bigger than a big wardrobe and stuffed with museumy stuff.David Mitchell, Black Swan Green.
...the event that led to the pointless foofaraw was NPR's long-overdue dismissal of official Fox Liberal Juan Williams, who explained that he was scared of "Muslims" in their Muslimy clothes, and then refused to actually apologize when told that that offended his Muslim co-workers at NPR.Alex Pareene, Salon, 18 November 2010.
But her greatest strength, the thing I knew I would remember about Victoria Knight even now, having barely sat down with her to lunch, was her near-midgetry.Jennifer Egan, "Look at Me".
"Also I'm planning this neighborhoody, kind of dining and retail area in the central square."The movie "I Love You, Man".
Peter Dreier's post is almost a parody of netrootsy Obamanoia - if you're going to ask voters to tolerate Obama associating with Ayers, don't trash Blumenthal for daring to read Fred Siegel.
CNet's CFO and largest shareholder was a pleasant-looking young man, affable, forthcoming, networky - and ready, I thought, to make a deal.Michael Wolff, "Burn Rate".
The problem was that the mathematics he had developed was only good for looking at one technology at a time. What he really needed was a networky kind of model like the ones Kauffman had developed.Mitchell Waldrop, "Complexity".
"No, I think I've just felt a sense of our connection. Our connectedness, to get New Agey about it."Sue Miller, "While I was Gone"
Sure she was gorgeous, but she was idiotically tall, which made him look a prat, and she could be appallingly earnest and New Agey and she dressed in a kind of fake butch way which he couldn't stand.Joanna Trollope, "Brother and Sister".
Though the turnpike that ran through it was punctuated by carpet-remnant outlets and tire wholesalers, and even an unsettling, windowless store no one had ever been to, advertising "DVDs and Chinese Specialty Items", Main Street was quaint and New Englandy, with a cosmopolitan slant.Meg Wolitzer, "The Uncoupling".
I found it bewildering, if very New York Timesy, that the text of the article didn't break down the murderers and victims by race.
He, like Marina, had a public way about him, a type of jokiness that seemed very New Yorky to Bootie, jaded and a little off-putting;Claire Messud, "The Emperor's Children".
The news-grabby allure of atmospheric conditions, like fires and traffic tie-ups, is nothing new.Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com, 10 February 2010.
It's about as nichey as a niche film can get; I'm impressed that Lorber Films is actually giving it a one-week New York theatrical run on the way to home video.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 31 May 2011.
And Shosh has ditched weird, malformed Ray in favor of a well-dressed guy in a decidedly non-Brooklyn-y bar.Slate, 18 March 2013.
"If you're a corporate travel manager and you know a certain airline is having maintenance work done at noncertificated foreign repair facilities, and if you have employees flying on that carrier, then you could have a problem," Mr Mitchell said.The New York Times, 02 April 2008.
Above all, he [John Edwards] comes off as a huge booster of online video, believing its nonstopness will keep him from resorting to platitudes.The New York Times, 12 August 2008.
"What time is she getting here?" Cass asked. I was standing right behind her. She smelled of wine and tobacco and bath oil, and, faintly, too, of perspiration, a salty odor.Sue Miller, "While I was Gone".
"Noony, she thought," I answered.
"'Noony'?!" Sadie cried. She and Cass looked at each other and grinned. "'Noony,'" Sadie repeated. "She said, 'Noony'!"
"What's so funny about that?"
"It's the kind of thing you're always saying, Mom."
"We caught the NSF doing something NSF-y, namely removing all objective measures from the definition of success for a program."Personal observation.
"A word about glottal shock. It's not a big thing. OK, it's a nuisance-y bit of tension in the throat, so what?."G Robert Jacks, "Getting the Word Across".
You can start out on that topic, but I assume that later you'll want to do something more numerical analysisy.Personal observation.
"Whatever the reason, I'm always happy when I am invited to spend the night or just an hour waiting in the pristine and nursey neatness of Vicki's little 1-BR condo, on which her dad holds the note, and which the two of them furnished in a one-day whirlwind trip to the Miracle Furniture Mile in Paramus."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
Because not only did I not have the mental commitment to hike, I also lacked both the oatmealy socks and the cardiovascular equipment.Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare, "The Second Assistant".
"I like your house. It's very old persony".Buck to Chuck, in the movie "Chuck and Buck".
As I suggested around this time last year, that widening gulf between the Oscar electorate and the moviegoing public may help to explain the academy's recent predilection for middlebrow, mid-budget, Oscar-y films that are neither big hits nor memorable artistic breakthroughs.Salon, 23 February 2013.
"You feel like you're on a virgin planet, like the planets they visit in Star Trek. It feels really outposty."Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
"I am not so over-share-y like you."The movie "Tiny Furniture".
There was a purple, pamphlety thing entitled "Ritualized Homosexuality: Three Field Studies".Jeffrey Eugenides, "Middlesex".
"Frank shaves his own head. Doesn't do a very good job."Linda Greenlaw, "The Lobster Chronicles".
"I guess not. Kind of patch-worky, like he got interrupted and didn't quite finish."
"The air suddenly smells sweet and peanutty."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
In due course a baby Bootle appeared, which Lily carried in a rather self-consciously peasanty manner on her hip.Tony Hendra, "Father Joe".
And then, after Baumgarten has asked the waitress - new to our restaurant, and whose aging, peasanty overflow he had decided he must get to know - whether she can recommend someone to give him Hungarian lessons; after he has taken her name and number - "Live alone, there, do you, Eva?" - he excuses himself and goes to the back of the restaurant, where there is a pay phone.Philip Roth, "The Professor of Desire."
My father's general enthusiasm was almost always with him, so I thought, like a cloud circling him, like bees buzzing around a large petally flower.Jane Hamilton, "Disobedience".
"Mum, for Christ's sake!" said Catherine. "He had AIDS!" - with a phlegmy catch in her voice, which her anger fought with.Alan Hollinghurst, "The Line of Beauty".
Gingrich spends a half hour photo-opping with the students and then proceeds to the stage.Wells Tower, Harper's Magazine, September 2006.
OK, so I'm not going to keep trying to have this picket-fence-y life.
Gibbs: To what? To nine pieces of whatever we happen to have in our pockets at the time? Oh, yes. That sounds very piratey."Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End".
There were no lemons, so I made do with a little squirt of plasticky juice from the Jif lemon in the fridge.Chris Cleave, "Little Bee".
He indicated the block of wood on Mortenson's right. Its surface was violated by dark knots and curlicues of grease. Porcupiney splinters stood out on either end.Greg Mortenson, David Relin, "Three Cups of Tea".
"You were all postpartumy and afterbirthy and shit.""Eastbound and Down", Season 3.
I concentrated on the pale blue of the sky as she felt my breasts and shook her had sadly. "They're pregnanty," she announced.Kathleen Tessaro, "Elegance".
Whether good or bad, War Horse and We Bought a Zoo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy all have a prestige-y sameness to them.Slate magazine, 08 December 2011.
Its blend of satire and sweetness, princessy romance and feminist pluck was expertly calculated to satisfy a third grade girl.The New York Times, 11 January 2008.
How about ...a hole, a really deep hole, which you put in a public place, for general use. In Manhattan, say, at the corner of Seventieth and Fifth. Where the Frick Collection is. (Or a prole-ier address?)Susan Sontag, "The Volcano Lover".
In the flesh she had both bloom and vital force, but in two dimensions she looked puddingy.C P Snow, "The Sleep of Reason".
Mr Castle's puppety head popped over the garden fence.David Mitchell, Black Swan Green.
And like all bad news in business, it invites pushback from managers determined to prove that their organization can be the exception to the rule.Scott Rosenberg, "Dreaming in Code".
"The older man and the young woman in slacks climb into a red Cadillac and drive away toward the west, where a bank of quilty clouds has lowered the sky."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
"Our own talk is always of the jokey-quippy-irony style and lets us leap happily over 'certain things' to other 'certain things' - cozy intimacy, sex and rapture, ours in a heartbeat."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
The effect of this rabbity digital proliferation has not just been economic; it's also aethetic.The Atlantic, November 2006.
Adorno hated, like he already named it in the 30's, the "authoritarianism and reactionarity of false freedom"
"Lemme know what that's like man, some of his songs are too radioy but holiday inn was OK."
"Washington is a pseudo-social environment. You lunch and breakfast. You recept".The New York Times Sunday Magazine, 06 March 2005.
Community Gets RelationshippySlate, 06 April 2012.
In general, we are not really a research group, nor is GUADEC a researchy conference.
And you can't help but root for a show on which someone says "I might have to reskedge".The New York Times, 11 August 2006.
In an interview on the "Fresh Air" radio show, with David Bianculli, Sarah Silverman said she was tired of playing roommatey roles, in which she was the star's best friend.
The band [The Amboys] blends a variety of influences into its own indie, rootsy-rock genre.
"Pardon me, Your Honor," he said, and he trotted over to my table with his short, rumpy canter and, holding his hand high, made as though to dump the bullets in my hand, at the same time saying: "The People now hand defense counsel for inspection the bullets that killed Barney Quill."Robert Traver, "Anatomy of a Murder".
But suddenly it all came flooding back: the taste of cigars, the sausagey fingers.Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare, "The Second Assistant".
"London, in this moist, rather blowy cold, took on a seasidey air."A N Wilson, "The Vicar of Sorrows".
Only when the cloud thinned did he dare glance sideways, at an apparition in a doorway, who, the glance told him, was far from pretty - bony, her narrow face schoolteacherishly beaked - but who, even as he reproached himself, did accept his signal.John Updike, "Transaction."
"Science-y Suspense."Subheading in "Bookpage", February 2010.
Yesterday, I went all sciencey on a gorgeous picture of M83, a nearby spiral galaxy.Phil Plait, "Bad Astronomy", Slate magazine, 2 December 2012.
"We didn't want the conference to be too far out, or too science fictiony."Mitchell Waldrop, "Complexity".
After logging on to the service, AOL members descend, Dante-like, from the cheerful servicey, slightly vapid airline-magazine tone of the opening screen to the People Connection, a level with a kind of mixer atmosphere of off-color, tongue-hanging, "let's get friendly", boy-girl, girl-boy, girl-girl, boy-boy humor; to the member rooms, which present a series of doorways into Fellini-like fetishes, and down deeper into private rooms, where autoeroticism rises at least to the level of pulp fiction if not to some new form of entertainment or even twenty-first-century sexuality.Michael Wolff, "Burn Rate".
After a thorough examination of the water below, Carl spoke with the thick Maine accent that reminded me of home. "Yup. It looks sharky to me. How many miles to go before we set?"Linda Greenlaw, "The Hungry Ocean".
"You show a nasty, domineering, sheiky spirit which I don't like to see."PG Wodehouse, "Doctor Sally".
Like the Eraserhead infant that won't stop mewling, wrinkly old Benjamin Button has been irking me all week. I was initially very shoulder-shruggy about this curious case: It took forever to get moving, and when it did, the motion was - just OK.Jeanette Catsoulis, Salon Magazine, 9 January 2009.
Today, the word pundit pretty much refers to any one of the preening jackals who host (or appear as guests on) the dozens of shouty cable TV programs from which we ostensibly get our 'news'.Neel Shah, Radar Magazine, 22 July 2008.
Thirty or more years ago, this Friday lunch was instituted: a shouty, argumentative, smoky, boozy gathering attended by journalists, poets and cartoonists at the end of another working week.Julian Barnes, "Nothing to Be Frightened of"
He knew more things: that she hated sheets that weren't pressed; that she thought suntans were show-offy unless gotten in the line of work; that she felt letters ought to be written with a fountain pen.Laurie Colwin, "Happy All the Time".
It's funny, in my writer's room, sometimes I'll pitch something and Jenni Konner, who's my main collaborator, she'll say, "That's a little sitcom-y."Lena Dunham.
"@" (My suggestion. Susan said the name sounded too skateboardy, and Ethan said somebody's probably already used it, anyway.)Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
"He used a lot of aluminum paint early on, and there was a skyey, spinning feeling to them, so I would suggest names from a star book Zack had bought when we first went out to the Island and he could see the stars the way he had seen them out west."John Updike, "Seek My Face."
Slanty design is an approach that extends user-centered design by focusing on the things that people should (and should not) be able to do with the products behind the design.Russell Beale, Communications of the ACM, January 2007.
He turned to me and gave me the hug instead. Then a smacky kiss on the cheek, as if we'd known each other for years.Tony Hendra, "Father Joe".
And a linguistic journey into the heart of Staten Island leads inexorably to the Talk of the Town Tavern, a train-station bar on Great Kills's very small-towny main street, where Statenisms flow nearly as freely as the $2 draft mugs.The New York Times, 14 December 2007.
Movies that make you bawl were sometimes called five-hankie weepies, a sneery label calculated to insult the film and the teary filmgoer alike.The New York Times, 21 December 2007.
The discipline of being in the same place doing the same thing at the same time, however somersaulty, is beyond her.Tibor Fischer, "The Collector Collector".
They simply wrapped a chain around each bush, attached it to their spendy truck, and drove off.Dr Dobbs Journal, January 2006.
I've been reading George R.R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice books, so naturally I was glad to learn that book five contains a bit about occupational licensing. I don't think there's anything too spoilery here.Slate Magazine, 20 August 2012.
"Michigan comes close, with its long, sad vistas, its desolate sunsets over squatty frame houses, second-growth forests, flat interstates and dog-eared towns like Dowagiac and Munising."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
A DISPATCH FROM BOWERSTOCKHeadline in Slate Magazine, 20 May 2010.
Among Crystal Bowersox's sweet, only slightly stalker-y fan base in greater Toledo
He paid for his beer and sat down in the corner of the tacky pretend stabley/countryish, totally imitation pub.Craig Ferguson, "Between the Bridge and the River".
But the room was so hot, he felt staggery - his wife and the hero begged him to retire to his cabin.Susan Sontag, "The Volcano Lover".
Karla began talking all Star Trekky again - the best thing about her.Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
When I was ten years old and entering a new and statusy school, I made a gaffe that scarred me for life (as only sixth-grade gaffes can do).David Coleman, The New York Times, 24 April 2008.
I will be happy when this super tight, flat, stencily style of painting stops being cool.
"A secret high sign to big Al, who understands me and everything perfectly and clasps his big stirrupy hands in front of him in a Masonic one-man handshake."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
"Off the train steps a buxom young nun, in the blackest, most orthodox habit, carrying a slick attache case and a storky umbrella."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
"Beefy! Creamy! Stroganoffy!"A television ad for prepared food.
"Do you go to Hudson's much? That's a really studenty place."Michael Bracewell, "Divine Concepts of Physical Beauty".
"Then one night at the Standard, Stellings introduced someone he'd met at a party who worked for some studenty magazine - mostly just lists of what's on in the cinema, but with some reviews, interviews and conspiracy theory 'news' stories."Sebastian Faulks, "Engleby".
"Sleepwalking" is the directorial debut of William Maher; the writer is Zac Stanford (who wrote the Sundance-y suburban drama "The Chumscrubber".)
As the marquee offerings grew more mediocre, more familiar kinds of low-budget, Sundancey indies began to assert themselves.
Try as you might, there's no resisting The Commitments. Yes, it's sporadically slick, surfacy, and manipulative (it is directed by Alan Parker after all) but these are just words...Ken Turan, "Never Coming to a Theater Near You".
Charley, of course, owns his own probs: a big, dirty-blond, overweight, bad-tempered, pimply-faced daughter named Ivy (who Paul refers to as IV), a student in an experimental writing program in NYC, who's currently living with her professor, aged sixty-six (older even than Charley), while writing a novel surgerying her parents' breakup when she was thirteen...Richard Ford, "Independence Day".
"It's a bit manic. Never like this at agriculture. People tend not to get so sweary about wheat."Toby, in "In the Loop".
What was there better, in its way, than that scene, my small mother trembling open, the hot sound of her breathing toward me, the swimmy heat and flush of the air?Jane Hamilton, "Disobedience".
Here's a complicated mystery, with a real victim and all sorts of sociological and political lessons, that never got the coverage it deserved after self-righteous media scolds who mainly work for MSM organizations that are now going broke used it to symbolize the allegedly trivial, tabloidy coverage before 9/11!Slate Magazine, 18 July 2008.
"The Incredible Hulk" picks up the story of Bruce Banner - the guy with anger management problems - some five years after the end of his tantrummy misadventures in "Hulk".David Denby, The New Yorker, 32 June 2008.
In a teachery style he talks with the expectation of being listened to.Tibor Fischer, "The Collector Collector".
"East Hampton has an image to uphold," King griped, "Prissy and tearoomy."Steven Gaines, "Philistines at the Hedgerows".
In your right ear you hear an intelligent woman reading alphabetized words like abdominal cavity, adrenal, algae, brackish, bronchial tree, catastrophic, cephalothorax, conflicting, and contour feathers, while in your left, a Ted Baxtery voice booms out political cliches.Nicholson Baker, "Essays and Other Lumber".
"So he wasn't always so... tentacley?"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
I admit, I didn't read her [Molly Ivins's] columns a lot, but when I did I'd laugh at a turn of phrase, applaud a 'go git em!' sentiment, and not really mind when she got all Texasy and stuff.
The text-y era of the nobody-knows-you're-a-dog Internet is ending. You either have a head shot or you're invisible.Michael Agger, "I Look Stupid", in Slate Magazine, 15 July 2008.
Sometimes (in my experience, often) you have to produce wireframes, or draft layouts, before you've nailed down the contents, and you want them to look somewhat realistic so you can look at the Gestalt to help you determine whether you're on the right track. This requires having some amount of texty-looking stuff, and dummy text is the fastest way to include it.
That patronizing, therapisty sort of tone. I hate it when you do that.Claire Messud, "The Emperor's Children".
Sol sweated for a night or two, anxiety/thinky sweat, not the normal fatty adolescent kind that he usually had going, although he was still pouring out that stuff too.Craig Ferguson, "Between the Bridge and the River".
Both versions turn a thinky book into a talky teleplay - even in the big-budget movie, some parts of the story are conveyed in conversation rather than shown.Slate magazine, December 8, 2011.
And don't worry about Marina. She might feel tinily usurped for a day or two, but she's got big plans.Claire Messud, "The Emperor's Children".
I sensed immediately that he'd once been overweight; he moved with a fat person's tiptoey apology, although he was lanky - or at least, tall enough to appear so.Jennifer Egan, "Look at Me".
The branches were hung with tissuey pale green clusters that looked artificial rather than organic: the Camperdown elm's comical flowers.Douglas Hobbie, "The Day".
Even the plaster busts on the mantelpiece - Homer? Cicero? I forget - turning on me their blind eyes, had acquired a faint, tobaccoey sheen.Graham Swift, "Out of this World".
It was nearly the same red as the mock turtleneck Piero wore, a red that was just faintly tomatoey, as if the tiniest drop of orange had been added.Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
"It sure seems like a waste it being all toothpicky and fragile and all."Joel, encouraging the robots to destroy his toothpick model of Monticello, on the "Mitchell" episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
I hate it when the chick's voice sounds all trebly , but that never happens in your productions.From the movie "Sugar Town".
I was willing to think that the tagline was something dreamed up by the marketing department and the movie wouldn't be that triumph-of-human-spirit-y, but it is.From a review of "Impossible", Slate Magazine, 20 December 2012.
"What's wrong with Louis Armstrong?"
"It's too trumpety."
And I also noticed someting Twilight-Zoney about all the cars on Campus: None of them have bumper stickers, as though everyone is censoring themselves.Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs"
"We're severely underfacilitated".
I just think it's kind of cheap to undonate money to a charity.From the television series, "The Office".
The following set of procs and aliases all have well-known names, but don't expect the full features of their Unix counterparts - they're just unixy.
"It was too much to bear unopaqued by any of the usual defenses."Nathan Englander in the short story "The Tumblers" in his collection "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges".
"The idea of someone unpublishing you is horrifying," she said, casting the action as violating the informal "best practices" that have developed around blogging.The New York Times, 07 July 2008.
On second viewing, though, the tone of this show is so odd, the actors are so completely unusual and unsitcomy, that you can't help embracing its scrappy sickness just a little bit in spite of yourself.Heather Havrilesky, Salon online magazine, 26 October 2008.
The main man on the scene - unspellcheckably named Eddard Stark - had only recently executed one of the patrolmen from the first sequence as a deserter, turning a beheading into a teachable moment for his kids.
Namrata Singh...every week turns away young Sikh men who want their long hair cut off. "Kids come in groups," she said. "There's a lot of peer pressure. But we won't unturban them here. We don't want to be responsible for that upheaval in their families."
The launching of the Mattie Bell had been scheduled for 'after lunch', and I had to hustle at that point to unwinterize her before the big splash.Linda Greenlaw, "The Lobster Chronicles".
"You'll find a lot of utensily things available, too."From a radio discussion of "free-cycling", in which people advertise items they are throwing away.
Mr Bienenfeld bought the property for an especially Vegas-y reason: he was tired of having to gamble a certain amount to earn free rooms and amenities on the Strip.The New York Times, 06 March 2009.
"He was wearing this big, cozy, Vermonty sweater."The movie "Trust the Man".
When Jil Sander introduced her men's collection a decade ago, she figured out a novel way to let men look fashionable without being, as they say, "victim-y".The New York Times, 24 August 2006.
Quite frankly, I'm sick of the finger wagging at starlets for being so stupid as to take nude photos of themselves - it's a little victim-blame-y, no?Salon, 15 September 2011.
Another girl in a vintagey red polka-dot dress revealed a striking depth of cleavage.The New York Times, 02 May 2008.
Miller was profiled in Guitar Player Magazine, which characterized his playing as "pure melody consciousness... [with] remarkable control, a breathy, violiny tone [and] bell-like consistency."
The store smelled of sugar cones, sweet and waffley.Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
Or rather, there's lots of stuff around the north end of the Bay Bridge, in around the warehousey neighborhood.Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
"Love - the most beautiful, shiny, warmy thing in the world - you couldn't accept it?"The movie "Knocked Up".
"Zack knew he hadn't found it yet, those outdoorsy watercolory Mattisse-y paintings you were praising weren't quite there yet, though you're right, they were closer, they were freer, he'd gotten away from those deadly brown Mexican muralists and that Miroesque Surrealist clutter."John Updike, "Seek My Face".
Michael: "Where is your dad?""Arrested Development".
Meby: "He left, dressed all western-y."
In the 1960s the writer Jalal Al-e Ahmad identified what he called a cultural "illness" that had stricken the country's cities and towns. He coined a new word to describe it: gharbzadegi - "West-stricken-ness," or Westoxication.
Wh-wh-wh-wh-wh-whoooaaaaaaugh! - piles of whichy whuh words - which, when, where, who, whether, whuggheeee, the living whichy thickets. All that was from a story called "Letter from Broadway" by Calvin Trillin, but it is not a rare case or even Trillin's fault. winey smell.Tom Wolfe, "Lost in the Whichy Thickets: The New Yorker".
"How welcoming that is! How far that is from the image of organisms as tinkered-together contraptions, where everything is bits of widgetry piled on top of bits of ad hocery, and it's all blind chance."Mitchell Waldrop, "Complexity".
They walked in silence, ..., completely ignoring their public, (several widowy looking women and us), the younger ones in step, the older ones shuffling or limping.Tony Hendra, "Father Joe".
The devil's delight, a thumbing of the nose at God with all his rocks and trees and little wildlifey squirrels and bunny rabbits, all the Disney bullshit.Craig Ferguson, "Between the Bridge and the River".
In the left-hand basin, last night's glasses gave off a winey smell.Anne Packer, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier".
On Friday night, one of Emily's witchdoctory psychic friends was in the audience and she talked about all these spirits she had seen in the room, singing along.
There is an easy, wristy flourish to his phrasing, which an artist-journalist like Revel is qualified to appreciate.Clive James, "Cultural Amnesia".
"I had to laugh I was getting so Wyethy, everybody had always sneered at him so, but I was trying to cleanse myself of abstraction before going back in."John Updike, "Seek My Face".
"Yeah. But they are so yachty", I said, making a word up when I couldn't find the right one. "I think you'd have to live on the ocean to get away with them."Chris Bohjalian, "Midwives".
While it's important to consider the interests of groups that rely on the key (those with disabilities that make it difficult to press more than one key at a time, for instance, and people engaged in professions that frequently use all-uppercase text), caps lock also inherently favors yell-y Internet commenters, people who design terrible flyers, and others who deserve little consideration.Matthew Malady, Slate Magazine, 01 February 2012.
"The entire tourist cabin of our 727 virtually vibrates with its grave ying-yangy appeal."Richard Ford, "The Sportswriter".
Hugh Jackman (or as I like to call him, Huge Ackman) was a very odd choice to host if the Academy is hoping, Benjamin Button-style, to youthen the Oscars this year.Dana Stevens, Slate Magazine, 19 February 2009.
Do not submit to The Chumscrubber. I mean it. This was one of the worst films I've seen in an awfully long time. So poorly contrived (a mishmash of supposed zeitgeisty totems), appallingly directed and almost uniformly badly acted.
It [The Social Network]'s also the subject of one of those feverish social-media marketing campaigns that makes major pop-culture spectacles, sight unseen, carry all kinds of irrelevant Zeitgeisty baggage.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon Magazine, 23 September 2010.
"This is so Zenny", Bug said happily, as some poor cretin purchased his used electric razor (ugh!) as well as his collection of Elle MacPherson merchandise.Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs".
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