Monthly Archives: June 2012

Word Snooper Undercover

Lexie’s off to an undisclosed location for a few weeks. Later.

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Show Biz Quiz Results

How did crowdsourcing work to answer the show biz word quiz? Sitcom: 67% thought it dates from 1954, 33% said 1964. No one thought 1974. Two thirds guessed wrong. One third of participants was correct on the earliest Oxford English … Continue reading

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Word Snooper Extra: Show Biz Word Quiz

Entertainment writers love to invent words, often by shortening and combining two existing words. How old do you think these show biz terms are? For each term below, guess the year of the earliest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary. … Continue reading

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Precision Incision

C.J. nudged me. “Look at how this artist, Samira Yamin, has cut into newspaper and magazine articles. It’s like she’s turning parts of these scenes of war and destruction into lace. I don’t know what it means, maybe something about … Continue reading

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Lexie Kahn Fears No Art

I jammed my hands into the pockets of my trench coat as C.J. sent his sky-blue Leaf slaloming down the 101 to the 110 and the 105. Would the turbulence of the planes landing at LAX blow the agile little … Continue reading

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