Bipedal creature found on Earth. First creature in the biosphere to succesfully refine abstract thought into more than the ability to lie and/or delude itself, humans developed the technique of picturing the way things might be and then planning ways to make reality fit the pattern.
This faculty turns in upon itself, however, when the attempt fails, leading to such emotional conflicts as self-loathing, bias against more succesful others, self-worship, or sublimation of individualism into a group mind.
Humans have borrowed many traits from other species such as hunting for pleasure ( from cats and squids ), enslaving other species ( from ants ), protecting and nurturing other species to gather products from them ( from ants ), spoiling other creatures habitats by their own constructs ( from beavers ), and creating and sharing habitats with other creatures ( from corals, rodents and birds ). Humans have invented several concepts for themselves, such as artistic endevour for its own sake, resource gathering and stockpiling for its own sake, ignorance and self-delusion as a natural right, love and attraction not solely for the purpose of reproduction, worship of the different, lack of diversity as a positive, and worship of the identical.
Humans are capable of percieving that they are less than what they imagine themselves to be. This is not only their major problem, it is also their major strength.
" Some say modern humans are smarter than cavemen, some say we are less. I think we are exactly as smart as cavemen, and that is pretty smart indeed".
A female from the Southern United States; Usually implies that the female in question possess both beauty, charm and style, while having a core of strength, intelligence and wit.
Can also imply that the female named also has a tendencey to utilise all her cahrm, intellect and style in order to have others - Not exclusively male- to perform unpleasant tasks for her. However, a real southern bell will in fact perform msot such tasks herself.
" Dolly Parton runs her own business, plays several instruments, acts and writes, making her a modern southern bell."
program in which five men, expert in such fields as fashion, cooking, decorating and suchlike, take on the task of improving the lifestyle and living conditions of another man; All five are homosexual and with one exception rather camp
, and the makeover subject is always straight
Although entertaining, educational and sometimes amusing, it carries the unspoken message that straight men are in the main uncouth, untidy and useless at choosing clothes and cooking.
A:"you know, I never realised that I shave like I'm in a race or something"
B:"What? Like the guys on 'Queer Eye For the Straight Guy' say it all the time."
B:"Probably true, though."
Internet contraction for In My Experience; Used to explain a statement that is based upon the life of, or the experiences of the speaker. More forceful than YMMV
NooB:"So are the rules broken in this example of play?"
CovertWalrus:"IME the rules work fine even if they slow down the game a bit. But YMMV
, some people think so."
To take an opportunity to do something when the time and conditions are near perfect or available.
, when farmers gather the long grass growth of summer to dry it to produce hay
as winter feed for animals; The best time to cut and dry the hay is during sunny days.
A:"There's a sale at K-mart this week - You wanna see if the have something for your sister's birthday?"
B:" Sure - Might as well make hay while the sun shines, and get her something at cut price!"
Slang phrase for "I'll accept that gladly" from the movie Robocop
Derived from a slang phrase in a famous scince fiction
story "The Marching Morons" by C.M.Kornbluth, in which a popular catchphrase for asking 'would you believe it?' was "Would you buy it for a quarter?". In the intervening years, inflation has been occurring.
a:" Think my car needs cleaning?"
b:" I'll buy that for a dollar!"
Slang term, origin unknown from the 1920's in America. Used to underline a failure of an action, or dissapointment in reaching an undesired result, with the additional meaning that the result was not an unexpected one.
A:" Well, I asked Cindy out, and she told me to swallow my head . . "
B:"Hey, that's the way the cookie crumbles!"