It is a lovely warm August day outside, and I am wearing a green loose top. Does the second part of that sentence sound strange to you? Perhaps you think I should have written “loose green top.” You’re not wrong (though not entirely right, because descriptivist linguistics): An intuitive code governs the way English speakers order adjectives. The rules come so naturally to us that we rarely learn about them in school, but over the past few decades language nerds have been monitoring modifiers, grouping them into categories, and straining to find logic in how people instinctively rank those categories.
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It totally was not worth it.
New York, August 23, 1976: “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening.” Tom Wolfe opened this story with a sobering account of some kind of Los Angeles thing in which a couple hundred people got together and pressed “the reset button” on something that really bothered them, and for one lady, that thing was hemorrhoids. “In her experience lies the explanation of certain grand puzzles of the 1970s, a period that will come to be known as the Me Decade.”
Duh. Every day is me day.
*Seriously watch the video below!!*
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge “is the Rodney Dangerfield of bridges,” as our friends at KQED say. While the Golden Gate gets respect and tourists, the Bay Bridge simply does its job. But the humble span will shine Tuesday, thanks to 25,000 light-emitting diodes.
The white lights will form patterns that continuously morph and move across the bridge’s span, or slide up or down its supports. The Bay Lights project is the work of artist Leo Villareal, who uses diodes like pixels to create scenes of mesmerizing fluidity…
I’ve never heard of the Bay Bridge being called the “Rodney Dangerfield of bridges,” but that’s hilarious. I *do* respect you Bay Bridge. You let me live in SF while going to school in Berkeley, and how else would I get to IKEA? ❤