The American Dialect Society, a 124-year-old organization whose members include "linguists, lexicographers, etymologists, grammarians, historians, researchers, writers, editors, students, and independent scholars," chose their word of the year for 2012, and, lo and behold, it's "hashtag." I think th ... More >>
Most everyone gets that you can't shout "fire" in a movie theater or crack jokes about bombs on an airplane. This sort of thing will get you in a mess of trouble. But, apparently, jokes made on Twitter can also get you in trouble, particularly if you are a foreigner using slang we don't get in 'Meri ... More >>
In the avocado bin of just about any market, you often can find the gamut of avocado ripeness stages, from the hard verdant green of unripe fruit, to the dark greenish-brown blobs that are beginning to cave. What surprises me is that even in well-maintained produce sections, end-stage avocad ... More >>
Today, we learned a few things. First, in the comments to Lennie Ambrose's post about El Perico Agave Spirit, we acquired some new slang, courtesy of Ted Stickles:
Hah, that's funny, 'perico' is slang for cocaine...
We did not know that!
And the comments of Katharine Shilcutt's post on s ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle Hubbard, a 23-year-old MC with his feet firmly planted in the firmament of the New Housto ... More >>
This is not sexual, but T-Mac is serving up a "facial."In few places are slang terms as popular as in sports. There is virtually an entire language dedicated to describing play on the field, court, course or pitch. These terms create sort of an insiders club of those who know them and follow ... More >>
Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend not to like - on the record, anyway - ranking themselves, their albums or their songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it for them. Email sheaserrano (at) gmail (dot) com.
Kyle HubbardThe Songs: Kyle Hubbard' ... More >>
A. Drauglis FurnituremakerOf the activities that provide me with endless entertainment, eating is high up on the list (shocking, I know), as is analyzing literature, speech, dialogue...you know, words. It came to my attention once when I was teaching ESL how much of our day-to-day slang invol ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com.
Occasionally, you'll h ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies.
Single of the Week: "Grey Cassette," Trae feat Bun B and Lil Keke
Wire To Wire
Ummm, we're not going to link to them, but s ... More >>