Friday, April 01, 2011

April 1st, outsourced

Remember those book mailers we used to get and pore over in elementary school? This site has compiled a few examples and looking at them, I was almost overcome with nostalgia. Many of them are before my time but a few (February 1991, in particular) brought me right back to third grade.

I actually have kind of always hated the Peanuts comic strip. Not anymore.

Did you turn off your lights during Earth Hour last week? Here are some brilliant photographs of places around the world that did.

Not to cut into your ration of 20 NYT articles per month (though apparently you can get around the paywall by doing this), but here is one about how companies are not only cutting down the size of packaging, they're doing so in a devious and deceitful manner. Hmph.

The saying, "I know, right?" seems to fill some sort of gap in the English language. It's hard to explain exactly what it means, but you understand its function when you hear it...don't you?

Also from Language Log, a seriously interesting discussion on whether Sarah Palin's use of the word "squirmish" in a recent comment about Libya was a malapropism or a perserveration. They make a good case for it being the latter.

Finally, the 10 most segregated urban areas in America. The final slide blew me away.

7 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

I am so, so, so guilty of the "I know, right?" phenomenon. It's ridiculous. (I know, right?)

Also, don't even get me started on the packaging size changes. I almost flipped when Tropicana dropped their juice down to 59 oz., and I still get all grumbly when I buy 5 oz. cans of tuna. I pay attention to these things! Bah.

Bridget said...

I like "I know, right?" There are times when it's the only appropriate thing to say. What did we say before that? And where did that saying come from? I think I got it from my little brother (he's 18), whatever that says.

Scotty P said...

I love the outsourced column. I was expecting a Rick Roll for April Fool's Day, though.

Steven said...

I use "I know, right?" all the time. It's so appropriate in certain situations. I think I first heard it in the movie Mean Girls. On the Language Log article I did a ctrl+f search for "mean girls", and sure enough... A lot of people commented that they associate "I know, right?" with Mean Girls. I wonder where Tina Fey (the writer) heard of the phrase.

Becky said...

That Cadbury's thing is maddening! And I just noticed the other day--granola bars are shorter than they used to be! Anyone else notice that?

Rob and Sara said...

Oh how I loved those book orders. I used to beg my mom to buy the club/subscription package they always had - especially when it involved the Babysitters Club!

The cadbury thing really upsets me. That is my favorite candy of all time! I thought they had shrunk. Glad to know my suspicions were correct!

Lark said...

So I grew up in LA and without looking at the map in the article, I could tell you where all the Asians live etc...I never thought of it as "segregated" but maybe its because that's all I ever knew? But, for sure, if you were in one of those areas as a white person, you would stand out...not in a good way. Even in the Asian section of town...nevermind, I was going to say something that probably sounds racist. I'll keep my thoughts to myself.
But, looking at that article, my first thought was, "I know, right?" :)

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