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Posted: 01 May 2012 03:52 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Pepper gas, primal screams, and punk rock

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Posted: 01 May 2012 03:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Far out. I saw the term “shabu-shabu” for the first time evah at a supermarket today. I picked some shabu-shabu up and wondered wtf it was. I wandered away singing “Shabu-shabu, yadadadadadadadadadadadadada” as per:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9G0-4TWwew

I shit you not.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 04:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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ya-yas, n. The 1970s would become known as the “me decade,” and getting one’s ya-yas out was a stereotypical egocentric practice.

I’m sorry ... it’s not quite clear to me what the phrase means.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 05:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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digital radio, n. As used in 1970, this term applied to radios that with digital tuning. True digital radio doesn’t appear until 1975, and commercial digital radio won’t be a success until the twenty-first century.

By “true digital radio” I presume you mean ”digital radio in its current sense.”

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Posted: 01 May 2012 07:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I think the distinction is clear enough, and accurate.  The digitally tuned radios of the 1970s were still receiving an analog signal, in which the amplitude or frequency of the radio signal varied continuously to represent the oscillations of sound waves.  In modern digital radio, the sound is encoded digitally.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 07:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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November: Ronald Reagan is elected governor of California;

More accurately he was re-elected.

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Posted: 02 May 2012 09:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Interesting as ever!

I find that the nearer the lists get to the present day, the greater the number of terms I don’t know. funkadelic, geospatial*, labradoodle, Nerf, primal scream .... words from a different, alien world from the one I grew up in.

libation

I often hear this word used, to denote a friendly drink. A libation is - or was, before their twilight - an offering to the Olympian gods, poured out of a dish called a patera, onto an altar.  Not, in my book, a right and proper way to use liquor. As far as I’m concerned, the gods can pour their own drinks.  Mine go down my gullet --- a potation rather than a libation; and if I drink in company with friends, it’s a compotation that we share.

* I looked that one up in Wikipedia, and confess I’m still not much the wiser.

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Posted: 02 May 2012 11:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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OP Tipping - 01 May 2012 04:01 AM

I’m sorry ... it’s not quite clear to me what the phrase means.

From Oxford Dictionaries:
plural noun
(in phrase get your ya-yas out) informal

enjoy yourself in an uninhibited way.

Origin:

1970s: from Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!, the title of an album (1970) by the Rolling Stones, adapted from a reference to yas yas, a euphemism for ass2

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