a new entry for the unpack-that-euphemism competition

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 5 20:57:33 UTC 2012

Oh, a trick question!

Somebody at the Times doesn't know what "adjective" means. (It's 2012, so
I'm not surprised!)

Or did the original read, "...who do not seek attention like you


On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:

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> OK, we finally sorta sorted out how Rashida Jones manages to =
> "[masturbate] vegetables".  This week's contest (no gold medal for the =
> winner) involves Finding That Adjective.  The context is an article =
> about "Montauk's Hipster Fatigue", as illustrated by locals sporting =
> T-shirts with a diagonal line through a fedora, and worse, i.e. =
> invocations of what have come to be called "Second Amendment solutions" =
> to deal with the influx of rich tourists (after they've been relieved of =
> some of their disposable income, of course). =20
> =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D
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> http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/fashion/montauk-feels-the-effects-of-too=
> -many-hipsters.html
> As the Web site Diehipster.com puts it in a diatribe aimed at =
> urban-based hipsters, =93You=92ve accomplished nothing over the last =
> decade but displaced hard-working families, old-time residents and newly =
> arrived immigrants who do not seek attention like you [Offensive =
> Adjective Inappropriate for Family Newspaper].=94
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> I checked the diehipster.com site, but despite learning some useful, if =
> non-adjectival, lexical items (apparently the dread hipsters, not =
> content with "pussifying" the outer reaches of Brooklyn, will be =
> marching on to colonize distant outposts of "Flyoverlandia"), I didn't =
> find out what this [Offensive Adjective Inappropriate for Family =
> Newspaper] might have been.  No credit for offensive nouns; only =
> adjectives will be considered.
> LH =20=
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