Humidor's Word of the Day

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Humidor's Word of the Day

imageDo you want to know what editors talk about, deep in the dark recesses of their editorial warrens, when there's no one around to hear? Words. Duh.

Today in the Humidor, in-between arguments over the proper placement of punctuation, discussions of the vagaries of version control software programs and the effects of subtle imagery on otherwise incomprehensible topics, we were making jokes about words. And yes, this is the part where you can safely back slowly away from this article and go read something about things that blow up, if you're so inclined.

Go ahead. I understand.

The word of the day was almost "verve."

"Edgy is played out," said Joe, after I suggested we needed a word that meant "funny and dangerous," and offered "edgy."

"So what's the new edgy?" I asked.

To which he answered: "Verve."

Which is true. Verve is our watchword here at Team Humidor. It means everything "edgy" used to mean, and so much more. And you don't see it much, which automatically qualifies it as "covetable" in the Editor's Handbook. But "verve," as awesome a word as it is, is not the word of the day; word of the year maybe, but not of the day.

Today's word of the day was written into an email by Julianne, posted about on a web forum by this writer and spoken aloud in the Humidor by Joe all before any of us had mentioned it to the others. We tracked back a bit, and decided we hadn't heard it anywhere else recently, it just came to us. All of us. At the same time. That, my friends, is what we call verve.

Today's word is: pithy; a word which was spontaneously cogitated in the minds of no fewer than three editors, almost simultaneously, and about which I've just written this entirely too pithy blog entry. (I was going for verve.)

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I would have prefered verve too, mostly because I don't know what it means.
Although is does give me flashbacks of Bitter Sweet Symphony playing at my highschool formal.

I'm glad I'm not the only form whom this wonderful word, verve, has been ruined by a tall narrow fellow walking along a sidewalk. le sigh

I'd forgotten about the song. The song, like the blog, was pithy as opposed to verve.

And for those of you in the late Y generation, here's the music video by The Verve, from when MTV played music:
Youtubes.

Joe:
And for those of you in the late Y generation, here's the music video by The Verve, from when MTV played music:
Youtubes.

That's crazy. MTV never played music. You're just telling tall tales again.

I alway liked The Verve Pipe better than The Verve. If I remember correctly, I was either a freshman in high school, or a senior dating the freshmen girls when this song came out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yahz7Wt2QrM

I was a sophomore, so it unfortunately has no bearing on me :(.

BUT, I raise you "Quarterback" by Nada Surf:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=WGLxoCj4EE4

Speaking of Surf, I'm coming back with a Butthole Surfers "Pepper," http://youtube.com/watch?v=AV_Wd0oa07c and throwing in a Tripping Daisy "I Got a Girl" http://youtube.com/watch?v=LOObR0RhM4Y

Your next move sir?

In "Pepper," there are cops in riot gear.

In "Sabotage," the cops are a riot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzTxuDUfzzM

This is like YouTube Thunderdome. Two posters enter. One poster leaves.

You wonder why Mike D, Adrock, and MCA say they have 'a f**kin thorn in my (their) side' in "Sabotage," but Jesus Santa really does in Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7QD_m83pWU

Little girl dressed up in a Klan outfit running through Hell?

Little girl dressed up as a bumblebee running through fields. "No Rain," Blind Melon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KcyWoW07FQ

Also, both lead singers died early.

Sure, Blind Melon's "No Rain" was a great song and video...but G 'n' R, "No(vember) Rain" is a much better song and video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtcCqYbT9qI

Plus, Axl's still alive and has some sweet braided dreadlocks.

And...in response to the Thunderdome comment earlier, I submit Tupac and Dr. Dre in "California Love," loosely based on Return to Thunderdome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWOsbGP5Ox4

a2SkinneeJ:
Sure, Blind Melon's "No Rain" was a great song and video...but G 'n' R, "No(vember) Rain" is a much better song and video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtcCqYbT9qI

Plus, Axl's still alive and has some sweet braided dreadlocks.

And I give you Slash's, from GNR, best performance ever:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weoP4PEmR40

Michael Jackson and Slash? How about Michael and Janet slash through outer space and smash everything in sight in "Scream." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_fkPpGKUKU

How on earth am I supposed to get any work done when I'm spending all day watching you tube video clips!?!?!?!!?!?

Goofonian:
How on earth am I supposed to get any work done when I'm spending all day watching you tube video clips!?!?!?!!?!?

I'm beginning to wonder how they're getting any work done...

;P

Andraste:

Goofonian:
How on earth am I supposed to get any work done when I'm spending all day watching you tube video clips!?!?!?!!?!?

I'm beginning to wonder how they're getting any work done...

;P

I suppose the amount of random threads being thrown up on the escapist today has something to do with the proximity of christmas?

Personally, today is my last day before I jump in the car for an 8 hour drive back home. 6 more hours..........

Wow. A river of nostaglia flows deep in this post. A time when MTV played music... can I remember that far back?

The last post was by Blaxton, so I'll hit you with the ever manly-voiced Toni Braxton "Unbreak My Heart."

a2SkinneeJ:
Michael Jackson and Slash? How about Michael and Janet slash through outer space and smash everything in sight in "Scream." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_fkPpGKUKU

They play that weird future tennis in that video. Here's a hot chick dressed in tennis gear:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FxVfxmDlqU&mode=related&search=

Stacy's Mom, by Who Cares Music Sucks Now

The hot chick in that video is Rachel Hunter, former wife of Rod Stewart, so here's "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart (back when he had a killer mullett). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD7PAetIQb8

BTW, watching Rachel Hunter at 10 AM was a good way to get the morning started.

a2SkinneeJ:

BTW, watching Rachel Hunter at 10 AM was a good way to get the morning started.

I'm a giver.

Bad rocker hair begets bad rocker hair:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQA9bW3FKEs&mode=related&search=

Scorpions - "Rock You Like a Hurricane"

From "Rock You Like a Hurricane," I bring you a story of an imprisoned boxer in Bob Dylan's "Hurricane." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUEdNBqL72w

And I'm going to go ahead and use Jacob Dylan's band the Wallflowers for the block with "One Headlight." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRuqJ6RuJhM

Oh, a two-fer. Two-che! Hah.

Ok, Dylan is the child of a famous musician. So is Priscilla Presley. She's in "You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgp9LVJ7MKU

And since all roads seem to lead to Michael Jackson, we must go to the beginning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66cslGUdBiE

"Rockin Robin" - Jackson 5

Ok, this is venturing into the 2000s, but the Jackson 5 sang "I Want You Back," which leads me to Lil' Romeo, Master P's son, who samples it in the song "My Baby." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uQdTo5dNPA

I am madly in love with this thread.

Lil' Romeo, Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w71D68iSvEs

"Lovefool" by The Cardigans.

Also, why wasn't this band bigger? The frontwoman is way too hot to not eclipse Blondie.

I'm pretty sure The Cardigans were Swedish and didn't really cross over that well in America outside of this song, which is a shame because of the blue-eyed beauty that fronts them.

The Cardigans push me to a song off of one of my favorite albums of all-time, the Blue Album by Weezer, "Undone- The Sweater Song." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Qn32J4JV0

Cardigan Sweaters- Get It? Also, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana wears a tan cardigan sweater for the entirety of Unplugged in New York. My favorite song off of that is "Lake of Fire." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1v6JFIPbak

Dave Grohl was the drummer in Nirvana, and after Cobain died, he went on to form the Foo Fighters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi-BcBsXeus

"Everlong" - Foo Fighters

"Everlong" is a song by the Foo Fighters. Everlast is a former member of House of Pain that had a hit song in "What It's Like." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z9f9Eybv4I

On another note, I saw Everlast open for the 2 Skinnee J's before his album came out and helped to boo him off the stage because it took him an hour and a half to come out after the first band finished.

Everlast and Eminem had a feud that lasted for like 10 minutes before everyone remembered Everlast sucks and Eminem is good. But since Eminem doesn't have a worksafe video, here's "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKDJdRGug5o

The Bow Wow Wow video "I Want Candy" features a lead guitarist rocking out surrounded by clouds. The Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge" also features a guitarist rocking out surrounded by clouds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7413IhSHQlU

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