Entries Tagged as 'language'

Monday, June 16th, 2008

#25: Don’t Make Love

It’s not the act of copulation that’s the problem; it’s calling it “making love.” Or “sleeping with.” Or “getting it on.” When young people “do it,” they usually come right out and say “having sex.” Or sometimes (see #6), “hooking up.” Bone, jump, and play may be related words, but I only know that because […]

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

#19: Don’t Describe The Doctor, The Cop, Or The Teacher As “Looking 12”

It’s become a standard joke among old people to describe the authority figure they just encountered as being or looking 12. Not 8. Not 18. Not 32, which they (absurdly) figure is pretty close to their own advanced age. But eternally and inevitably 12. Besides losing its humorous edge, saying the doctor looks 12 really […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

#6: Beware The Accidental Hookup

Admit it: You don’t really know what hookup (or hook-up or hook up) means. Is it meeting for coffee? Kissing? Having sex? Watching television together? Or getting engaged? The point is that you should avoid doing or even saying anything if you’re not certain of the implications. As cool and casual as it may make […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

#2: Don’t Talk About Your (Grownup) Children

My daughter lives in Paris. She’s the editor of a magazine there called Self Service. And my son: My son goes to Yale. Let me tell you all about them. Or maybe I should just keep my mouth shut. Going on and on about your grownup children is one of the prime ways people act […]

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

#1: Don’t Say Awesome, Dude, or Yo, You Copped Fire, Son

My husband says all the ways not to act old can’t be depressing (i.e., things he himself does), so as #1 I offer up using language that has no right to come out of lips that are more than 45 years old….make that 35….make that 14. Using too-young slang is akin to wearing a yellow […]

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