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Etymology of parking

I’ve always wondered why we use the word parking to describe a place to leave a car. For me the word evokes images of my neighbor-hood park, playgrounds, or New York’s Central Park: lush green spaces, not places easily rec-onciled with a patch of asphalt.


10 Rules of Writing

Here then are “VS Naipaul’s Rules for Beginners”:


Tsundoku

is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them.


Spacelog

Read the stories of early space exploration from the original transcripts. Now open to the public in a searchable, linkable format.


The Streisand Effect

But not everyone was impressed. Barbra Streisand heard one of the pictures was of her beachfront home in Malibu. So she sued them for $50m, for invasion of privacy.


Not giving a fuck

The problem with people who hand out fucks like ice cream at a goddamn summer camp is that they don’t have anything more fuckworthy to dedicate their fucks to.


Literally

Mark Twain, F Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce all did it. (HW Fowler disapproved.) Should ‘literally’ be used to mean its opposite?


BUMF

Wonderful word… BUMF. Comes from the slang for toilet paper or "BUM F"odder. Nowadays meaning useless, printed material or content.


Glengarry Glenross - script

We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired.


guardian style guide

Link to the web version of the Guardian style guide. Also available in the traditional book format from the Guardian shop.


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