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Charmed, I’m Sure

It’s tough to say what generation was best at sarcasm and snark, but the 50s made a good case with I Love Lucy. Charmed, I’m sure, one of those sugarcoated jabs used when meeting someone you’re dubious about, was one of...

Mathematical

If something is mathematical, is it cool? According to a mother of two middle-schoolers, that’s exactly what it’s come to mean among the younger set. Then again, irony is also pretty hip. But could her kids be using a piece of ironic...

Poutrage

Poutrage is a new term for “acting outraged when you’re really not. It’s sort of like accismus, “the pretended refusal of something actually very much desired.” This is part of a complete episode.

Knoxvegas

Knoxvegas  n.— «The city, the third largest in Tennessee behind Nashville and Memphis, is also referred to as Knoxpatch, Knoxvegas and for those prone to irony and finger pistols, K-town, baby.» —“36 Hours in Knoxville” by...

shut up and color

shut up and color  v. phr.— «Strike while the irony is hot, or shut up and color your balloons.» —“The Ballons Nodule” by Richard Mitchll The Underground Grammarian (Glassboro, New Jersey) Dec., 1980...

Fanron

Fanron  n.— «It is with no overt sense of hyperbole or irony that Bill Fleckenstein from Fleckenstein Capital has taken to calling Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM) “Fanron.”» —“Fannie’s Sweater Has a Loose Thread” by Bill...

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