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I'm posting this as a sticky topic - one that will stay at the top of the list. Feel free to add your finds and favorites to it at any time. Think of it as an online graffiti wall.

I came across this phrase in Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union and it struck me as beautifully relevant to the present day. You know the holes left in buildings when a business's sign is removed? "The braille of failure."

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Fri May 29, 2009 10:06 am
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Ooh! A word thread! Off the top of my head:

A friend describes himself as a paleocon.

That hesitation as the other guy at the restaurant seems to be reaching for his wallet but has no intention of following through is called shellout falter.

An ignoranus is someone who is both stupid and an asshole.

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Nickname given to a famous sailor and captain who was known for approaching docks at full speed and sometimes miscalculated the distance when braking: Captain Crunch. (I'll let somebody *else* tell who this refers to and where they read it.) ;-)

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Might that have been Capt. Queeg of the USS Caine ? The book was " The Caine Mutiny " by Herman Wouk


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Nope, although close. The individual I'm referring to was not fictional, and lived in the 20th century. ;-)

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sakeneko wrote:
Nope, although close. The individual I'm referring to was not fictional, and lived in the 20th century. ;-)


Ringo Starr? ;)

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sakeneko wrote:
Nickname given to a famous sailor and captain who was known for approaching docks at full speed and sometimes miscalculated the distance when braking: Captain Crunch. (I'll let somebody *else* tell who this refers to and where they read it.) ;-)

Those docks must have been rather buckley to begin with . . . .


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You are knot going to tern this into a pun thread.


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sakeneko wrote:
Nickname given to a famous sailor and captain who was known for approaching docks at full speed and sometimes miscalculated the distance when braking: Captain Crunch. (I'll let somebody *else* tell who this refers to and where they read it.) ;-)


Well I immediately thought of http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2005/06/ ... 50630.html , but I doubt that's what you had in mind...


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James Gifford wrote:
You are knot going to tern this into a pun thread.
Urk!


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