New words from Sleepy Hollow

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 21 23:12:43 UTC 2014

Familiar with timesuck, but it's nothing compared to the "A-game" and
"besties". I hope you were joking about these being new. "Besties" might
have been teen slang a decade ago--or maybe two. But "A-game" sounds
completely familiar for much longer than that and more associated with


On 1/20/2014 8:13 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> ...Last week:
> "A boondoggle is an exercise in futility, a timesuck, a fool's errand."
> (So "timesuck" is now thought to be more familiar than "boondoggle."
> 400,000 raw Google hits.)
> "We weren't exactly besties back then." (Best friends. 2,000,000 raw
> Googlits.)
> "We need your A-game!"  (Your best and most comprehensive effort [to beat
> Moloch]. Maybe a hundred thou RG's: hard to search for.)

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