An abandoned shopping mall in Harvey, IL. Opening in 1966, it would close in 1978-79 due to a sudden rise in crime in the city of Harvey.
Originally made famous when it was trashed by police cars in The Blues Brothers, it has since become very well known and popular over the internet due to the fact that it has stood abandoned more than twice the amount of time it was open. Many websites, a book, and planned documentary about the mall are in existence; as well as thousands of pictures and several videos on YouTube.
It is one of the Chicago area's most popular urban exploration spots.
Many plans arose to demolish or convert the building for other uses; however the closest any of these plans came to be was the demolition of Mongomery Ward and a small on-site power plant in 2006 (after a major fiasco involving illegal and accidental demolition of Wards, and asbestos removal). Demolition stopped abruptly once funds ran out, and about 80% of the mall still stands. The developer who purchased the land was later arrested for harassing the hired demolition company; supposedly armed.
"It's as dead as Dixie Square in here"
Several millennia ago, there existed a fiend, born from the evil of man, who's cryptic form was the very embodiment of darkness. Those who have seen his true form have described him as slender, well over 12 feet tall, with dark skin, a crooked nose, a pitch black cloak made entirely of hate, darkness, and oil, and cackles a laugh that resonates with a force that can bring people to become atheist, lose faith in their government, and even diminish one's sense of pride.more...
This man... nay, creature, has been at war with humanity since it first set foot into our earthly realm. Time and time again, he would seek out a world leader and personally wage war against him. Thankfully, Terror lacks the ability to manipulate our world with his own hands. He can harm no leader, but no leader can harm terror. So, the leaders who Terror declares war against (most recently George W. Bush) are forced to sit on the sidelines while their soldiers fight against the minions of Terror, in the hope of breaking through their defenses and striking a lethal blow at Terror itself.
Many leaders kept the existence of Terror a secret. Many have been led to believe that Terror is an emotion, that "terrorists" are people (often groups) who make people feel "terrified", and that Terror is in no way a tangible force.
Police. See #1. You look at them one time. If you double take or look too long you might attract their attention. In doing so, with a cop with nothing better to do and if in their minds they suspect an ounce of fishy shit going on with you, expect to get followed for a bit so they can check your plates, pull you over and/or get talked to to see what's up with you.
From the movie Street Kings
Coates: Man, we got the one time up in here. Motherfucking po-po. Is there any square cops out there? Or is everybody out for theirs?
A metaphorical location where no one is ever late, there is always a clock around when you need one, and you always have enough time for everything no matter how many things you need to do
Timely Square is likely a parody of Times Squares in New York
1. Will you stop asking me for the time every five minutes? I’m not the bloody clock tower on Timely Square!
2. They say that time stands still on Timely Square. Too bad it’s not like that around here.
3. I’m doing time on Timely Square. I’ve got the whole day ahead of me and there’s nowhere I need to be
An individual that spends more time at their town's square than they do at their own home or at places of greater entertainment value. Often, a square rat will shout insults or jabs at passers by to reinforce their own self esteem. A square rat is not a good person.
Person A: "Man, the other the day, that kid who hangs out at the square all day started calling me a fag!"
Person B: "Yeah, he's just a square rat. Don't worry about him"
An adjective, the phrase refers to long-time comedian and actor Paul Lynde who occupied the center square in the long-running television show Hollywood Squares. The phrase is used to describe a person or thing that is flamboyantly gay.
See "Center Square Gay".
Sometimes a perjorative as in a put-down of a person or thing.
Hipster slang heard in Hyde Park, Chicago; UW- Madison, Wisconsin and Washington, DC political circles.
"Mike's dress is center square."
"Can Mike be any more center square?"
"Did you hear that? It was so center square."
Square brackets are most commonly used around the word 'sic' (from the Latin 'sicut', meaning 'just as'), to explain the status of an apparent mistake. Generally, sic means the foregoing mistake (or apparent mistake) was made by the writer/speaker I am quoting; I am but the faithful messenger; in fact I never get anything wrong myself. Book reviewers in particular adore to use sic. It makes them feel terrific, because what it means is that they've spotted this apparent mistake, thank you, so there is no point in writing in. However, there are distinctions within sic: it can signify two different things:
1) This isn't a mistake, actually, it just looks like one to the casual eye.
2) Tee hee, what a dreadful error! But it would be dishonest of me to correct it.
~ From 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' by Lynne Truss
1) I am grateful to Mrs Bollock sic for the following examples.
2) "Please send a copy of The Time's sic," he wrote.
~ Again, from 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' by Lynne Truss