Posts tagged: language
n., a person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron, namely, that he is a blockhead
n., a specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else
n., a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others
n., an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility
(—Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”)
n., a soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
(—Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”)
n., bloggers who expose errors made by the traditional media; people whose activism consists solely of emails and online posts. [pajama + Mujahadeen]
Rather has made clear he believes that those clad in pajamas and typing on computers are in no position to judge him. Our role, in his vision, is to passively imbibe his disinformative propaganda the way geese receive cornmeal to make fois grae [sic]. He sits behind his anchor desk, confident that his status is impenetrable and that any attack made by the Pajamahadeen against his position would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical errors we may have proved.
—Ed Driscoll, “’Sixth Avenue Bloodbath’,” Ed Driscoll.com, September 24, 2010
Yesterday, a reader emailed me a “terrorism awareness” video titled “The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam.” … Never mind that none of these swivel chair soldiers gave a rat’s ass about women’s rights in these and other places … And still, the cry goes out, whenever these pajamahadeen want to attack Islam, where are the feminists?
—Antonia Zerbisias, “Women lose out, regardless of religion,” The Toronto Star, March 11, 2009
In case all this is new to you, the pajama part of pajamahadeen comes from an infamous remark made by Jonathan Klein, a former CBS executive in charge of the program 60 Minutes. Klein was defending Dan Rather, who back in 2004 presented documents that raised questions about the National Guard service of George W. Bush. A small army of bloggers showed that those documents were forged. However, in a September 9, 2004 Fox News debate with the writer Stephen Hayes, Mr. Klein trashed the bloggers:
“You couldn’t have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances [in professional journalism] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.”
Those bloggers took the insult to heart by combining the words pajama and Mujahadeen (“fighter”) and making the resulting blend a badge of honor. The American Dialect Society crowned “pajamahadeen” the Most Creative Word of 2004. The word is still around today, but as you can see from the second example citation, it now also has a pejorative sense.
n., the act of jumping, propelling oneself, or causing oneself to fall, out of a window
brain on a stick
n., an intelligent person who lacks emotion or social skills
n. A person who has the same name as you, and whose online references are mixed in with yours when you run a Google search on your name. [Google + doppelgänger]
n. Images and text that glorify or fetishize high-end architecture, home furnishings, and interior design.
n. A massive snowstorm; the negative effects of such a storm.
n., Description of the Internet generation, whose knowledge is wide but shallow.
(HAN.lunz ray.zur) idiom. A principle, used most often in computing circles, that says “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”
n. Whimsical paper said to be used in electronic equipment manuals that are so dumbed-down and simplistic as to be of no use whatsoever.
(fohr.oh.fohr) adj. Relating to a person who is out of touch or clueless.
Example Citation: “It’s rather silly that teen flicks are racking up huge box office numbers and Hollywood’s acting like it’s some earth-shattering phenomenon. Studio execs, you’re so 404.”
—”Gusto,” The Buffalo News, March 5, 1999
Notes: This adjective (which appeared originally in Gareth Branwyn’s Jargon Watch column) comes from the following Web server error message:
404 Not Found. The requested URL was not found on this server.
This would be the Web equivalent of “the lights are on but no one’s home” and other fulldeckisms.
n. A person who is both stupid and extremely rude or obnoxious.
n. A derogatory term for a person who was born in or lives in a rural location in northern Canada or Alaska.
n., a man’s chest, especially when revealed by an unbuttoned shirt. Also: hevage. [Blend of he and cleavage.]
n., a civil dialogue, particularly one in which the participants avoid insults, personal attacks, and negative generalizations