Because "fanfic" is a description, not an insult.

I know I'm not the only one a bit annoyed with the the typical sloppiness of terminology in the recent main page post new crappy fiction being "sloppy fanfic", considering the comments. ("Fanfic" , of course, is a descriptor of a work's relation to another work, not a marker of quality. Yes, the quality of E. L. James's… » 4/19/14 3:27pm Saturday 3:27pm

Archives, Dictionaries, and Isaac Asimov

Do you ever think much about the effort going into deciding dictionary definitions and usage advice? Here's a fascinating little blog entry showing some of the early paper ballots from the panel of experts polled on usage for the American Heritage Dictionary. Perhaps not so surprisingly for language lovers, some of the … » 1/28/14 5:18pm 1/28/14 5:18pm

Still looking for a couple of Inside Joke explanations. . .

As many of you are already aware, I started putting together a reference post for explanations of the inside and running jokes that are so much a part Groupthink and Jezebel last weekend. The main idea is that we have a place to point newcomers to to help get them in on the jokes quick, but it's also just to keep the… » 1/15/14 7:22pm 1/15/14 7:22pm

Running Joke Explanations Roundup . . .

EDIT: I'm bumping this up to see if I can get extra suggestions/suggested edits. As a pretty long-running internet community, we've built up a good few running/inside jokes. This can look cliqueish/exclusive to a newcomer, especially if we don't have available explanations, so . . . Help me put together a reference… » 1/12/14 4:26pm 1/12/14 4:26pm