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Re: Current use of word “edgy” (December 2009)  •  December 24, 2009, 9:29pm  •  0 vote

That's far too edgy a comment for me, Jan. But I agree. Some people would consider Barbara Bush or Mamie Eisenhower edgy. I take your point.

Re: “It is what it is”  •  December 23, 2009, 3:41pm  •  3 votes

Not necessarily first time the expression was used. What are you saying about white people? I don't catch the humor there, Miss Cordova. Please share it with all of us.

Re: “It is what it is”  •  December 22, 2009, 9:32pm  •  1 vote

Only intuition. No dig. Some slang gradually (or suddenly) becomes part of the lexicon. At the least, slang affects other words and language as a whole. Here's an example I can't prove, but ne

Re: “It is what it is”  •  December 22, 2009, 7:30am  •  10 votes

That's expressing vagueness. What is that? You say "It is what it is" does not descend from "What it is", and that you'd need evidence to believe otherwise. The way you chose to say that, you disa

Re: “Verbiage” used instead of wordiness or excessively long writing  •  December 21, 2009, 7:41pm  •  0 vote

I don't answer Why questions. Careless, stupid misuse of language tends to degrade it.

Re: “I’m just saying”  •  December 20, 2009, 9:54pm  •  1 vote

Thank you, yes. It was both a typo and an absent-minded error. Thanks for correcting me.

Re: “Zen” as an Adjective  •  December 20, 2009, 9:52pm  •  1 vote

Why do you say that Porsche? Why is Feng Shui "Zen"? I didn't mean that. I don't know if you're right or wrong or what. That's why we need to define these terms, or not use them at all. Please explain

Re: “It is what it is”  •  December 20, 2009, 11:59am  •  7 votes

I don't understand what you're saying.

Re: “I’m just saying”  •  December 20, 2009, 5:01am  •  3 votes

That phrase -- which I like, too, in moderation -- sounds as if it comes from Jewish comedians of the 1930s and 1940s, possibly from Yiddish theater and drama of the era, or possibly the stereotype of

Re: “Zen” as an Adjective  •  December 20, 2009, 4:37am  •  1 vote

"Zen" used casually nowadays seems to me to mean "mellow", "mature without being stodgy or Establishment, "savvy", "cool" and most importantly, with an insight of how all things are One, peace is a pr