Friday, January 30, 2009


From Erin Bradley’s Miss Information advice column. January 27, 2009 , on Nerve.

“Find someone less risky to have super-fun boinky-time with.”

Monday, January 26, 2009


From “What Carrie Could Learn From Mary,” an article by Catherine Orenstein in the Times, September 5, 2003. Carrie is Carrie Bradshaw. Mary is Mary Richards.

“Something that broadens our idea of what makes a woman sexy.”

Sunday, January 18, 2009


The second choice, from Speed the Plow is the phrase Lambsy Divey. However, the memorable y word is the one in orange.

From the published script (not the acting script):

FOX: Or your superiors go napsy—bye. The upside of which, though, a guy . . .

(By the way, having seen the play today, I can tell you right now that Raúl Esparza is, in fact, Charlie Fox; in real life he plays a man named Raúl Esparza.)


Even older than key.

I considered this word today as I was recalling a grey kitten named Early.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


In tomorrow’s Times Travel section Maureen Dowd writes about a spa in Miami Beach.

“It was a refreshing change to be the most agile skeleton-stretcher in a qi gong class that was a fusion of yoga and martial arts, a sorty angry yoga.”

My favorite yoga class was one taught in Brooklyn by a woman named Alma. Too many yoga instructors erect verbal roadblocks. They fill space that should not be filled. Whatever Alma said moved with the poses.

Friday, January 16, 2009


This morning, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer quoted from today’s column by David Brooks.

“Reason is not like a rider atop a horse. Instead, each person’s mind contains a panoply of instincts, strategies, intuitions, emotions, memories and habits, which vie for supremacy.”

Thursday, January 8, 2009


It’s not of French descent.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


A word of obscure etymological origins, according to the OED.

Recently spotted in Bookforum’s Dec/Jan 2009 issue, in Allen Barra’s substantive review of the new Naipaul biography.

“Naipaul has been savaged by critics such as H.B. Singh (who called him ‘a despicable lackey of neo-colonialism and imperialism’) and Edward Said (‘a kind of belated Kipling who carries with him a kind of half-stated but finally unexamined reverence for the colonial order’).”

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Seen in Time Out New York, about the cast of Hair.

“During its Off Broadway run at the Delacorte, the revival cast had to perform in squicky conditions—including thunderstorms and heat waves.”

Thursday, January 1, 2009


An old word for a new year.