Wednesday, 19 January 2011

New Turns of Phrase

...are worth borrowing. More here, here, here and here.

A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary play in American football refers to any very long forward pass made in desperation with only a small chance of success, especially at or near the end of a half.

Barnes has all the charisma of a cheese straw. Anthony Quinn in The Independent Dec 2010

Bath is a perfect storm of heritage kitsch. @richardbratby

Cappuccino machines have joined percolators in the coffee bar Valhalla. Rupert Goodwins

double bagel A tennis score of 6-0, 6-0

doughily self-important
Wendy Ide in The Times on Russell Crowe

Her metaphors are so bad, they make you cry out in pain. Rachel Cooke Observer Dec 2010

It bleakens the place even more. @quantick

It's extraordinary how quickly the water closes over the head of even the most eminent and influential person once he has died. Sasha Lubetkin

page-view whoring


Sentence in an over-earnest cookery book I'm using: “It is important to buy fish responsibly.” @tomroper

Several pedants broke loose from their chains (when someone used "data" as a singular).

siloisation Academics isolated in silos of different disciplines.

someone with quicksand-like ways They bring you down/put you down.

sousveillance recording the police on your mobile

Thanks to the force of Firth Guardian on The King’s Speech

The garden stretches to Stoke on Trent. Martin Roberts Homes under the Hammer 2011

Well, I say sea view, it’s really more of a sea glimpse. Martin Roberts Homes under the Hammer 2011

With some of the fancier Crossrail station designs being crimped back for financial reasons

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