Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bathroom Monologue: Web 2.0 is the Millionth English Word?, OR, The Preposterisk

Preposterisk (n): An upside down asterisk traditionally used by readers and copy editors to mark a word, phrase or passage they consider ridiculous. It is differentiated from the asterisk in that it correlates to no explanation or elaboration later on the page, merely denoting how stunned the reader was that something so stupid could make it into print. Widely used by Freshman English teachers and people who read the lyrics of Hip Hop. While not in common use yet, the preposterisk will be found in any dictionary, encyclopedia and/or web-based wiki dumb enough to let John Wiswell register as an editor that admits the phrase "Web 2.0."

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