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#19730 - 02/21/01 04:04 PM Re: Coined words  
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swoophead - a balding man who lets the remaining hair on one side grow long and then swoops it over the top of his head in a futile and ridiculous attempt to cover the bald spot.


#19731 - 02/21/01 04:42 PM Re: Coined words--Mc something  
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I wonder if some of the Mcxxxx words are not just a variation on the old "micky mouse" pejorative.


#19732 - 02/21/01 06:08 PM Re: Coined words  

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swoophead - a balding man who lets the remaining hair on one side grow long and then swoops it over the top of his head in a futile and ridiculous attempt to cover the bald spot.

bloody *hilarious*. when i was little my best friend's dad did this, and actually extended it into a nice cinnamonrollesque curliequeue, ostensibly to make it appear more natural. it was great fun to watch him make his way into church on a windy day; i was always half surprised that the rudder it formed as it lifted didn't make him airborne.

while i'm on the subject of hilarity, of troy's "McMansion" absolutely cracked me up. there's a ton of that going on near where i live, since there's a surplus of money and a shortage of space, but i'd never heard that term. my husband and i privately refer to them as cookie-cutters, or edward scissorhands houses, since their driveways are literally side-by-side and it's easy to imagine all of the neighbors backing out of their identical driveways en masse on their way to work in the morning. Seven or eight hundred thousand will get you a beautifully appointed house, indeed, but it'd hardly be worth the lack of privacy or opportunity to have a unique home reflective of your own personal style.




#19733 - 02/21/01 07:30 PM Re: Coined phrase  
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Credit to my Aunt Adeline for this one:

VW Bug = pregnant rollerskate


#19734 - 02/22/01 05:23 AM Re: Coined phrase  
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Sorry Aunt Adeline, but that was a joke doing the rounds at school in the early 70s if not the late 60s.

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#19735 - 02/22/01 08:46 AM Re: swoophead  
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I've heard the term "comb-over"(pronounced as one word) used to describe the same thing.


#19736 - 02/22/01 01:20 PM Re: Coined words--Mc something  
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>>>Mcxxxx ..."micky mouse" pejorative.

I suppose the adult population might make the mickey mouse reference, but certainly not Gen-Xers. (the first time I heard someone tell me something was too 'mickey mouse' for their taste I thought "what a stupid phrase." I didn't realize it's popularity among my elders until afterward.) To me, Mcxxxx could only be in reference to McDonalds.

I have heard my college colleagues refer to their McJobs for years, but I didn't realize the word actually made its way into any dictionary.


#19737 - 02/22/01 01:50 PM Re: Coined words--Mc something  
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made its way into any dictionary.

I propose the variant McDiction for all such adoptions


#19738 - 02/22/01 02:17 PM Re: swoophead  
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>I've heard the term "comb-over"...

that's what I used to call it.


#19739 - 02/26/01 12:14 PM Re: Coined words--Mc something  
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I can't believe Coupland is getting credit for this word. Check out the following 2 links to find out where the word really came from, and how old it is (1981).

http://www.media.mcdonalds.com/secured/company/diversity/

http://www.mcspotlight.org/people/witnesses/employment/stein.html


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