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Never really all that interested, but I find myself telling her how beautiful she is anyway. ’cause it’s true – all women are, in one way or another. You know, there’s always something about every damn one of you. There’s a smile, a curve, a secret. You ladies really are the most amazing creatures. My life’s work. But then there’s the morning after. The hangover, and the realization that I’m not quite as available as I thought I was the night before. And then she’s gone. And I’m haunted by yet another road not taken.
The Oxford English Dictionary still doesn’t have an entry for the modern meaning of “demonize,” as in “they demonized the bankers,” and it still defines a “couple” as “a man and woman united by love or marriage.” And no dictionary I know of has an or “slur” as in “racial slur,” to refer to a word that disparages somebody on the basis of traits such as race, ethnicity, or gender. That new use of “slur” goes back half a century. But it doesn’t jump out at you the way novelties like “squadoosh” and “twerk” do.
What we get from the Internet isn’t a Google Earth view of the entire language. It’s more like a screenshot of its Twitter feed.