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Two Brand-New Episodes — Yum!

Hey there! The latest brand-new episode of the show is up and ready. We hit a few high points about graffiti slang, relay a few more paraprosdokians, and share doomaflatchies. Last week was also brand-new episode. Did you catch it? Spelling...

Street Art Slang

It takes some work for a writer to go all-city— a graffiti writer, that is. An art supplies dealer from Dallas shares some vocabulary from the world of street art. For example, the old act of photographing trains from benches gave birth to the term...

anti-phrasing

anti-phrasing  n.— «Wolfram Alpha works in the same way as Graffiti did: As Steven Wolfram says in his talk at the Berkman Center, people start out writing natural language but pretty quickly trim it down to just the key concepts (a...

stowed out

stowed out  adj.— «It involved greater face-to-face discussions with local people. Sceptics said it wouldn’t work—because no one in the public would talk to “The Polis” either through fear or mistrust. In fact, when they went...

benching

benching  n.— «I engage in a practice that is referred to as “Benching.” All you need to go benching is a love for trains, and a keen eye for art and authority figures.…Benching is looking for and identifying graffiti and...

throw-up

throw-up  n.— «Across the street from the doorway collage is a big, black squiggle on the side of a rundown market. Two doors down, behind some leaning pallets, are two-toned bubble-letter “throw-ups,” around the corner...