Rebecca Solnit’s 2008 essay “Men who explain things” popularized the concept and the general awareness of this gentlemanly practice, but the word itself was not used therein. Instead, “Mansplain” was apparently first uttered on Livejournal a few weeks later by phosfate, a now-vanished psuedonymous user. This is revealed in Merriam-Webster’s new official definition, crediting Know your Meme for the discovery. [via Kottke]
The splain of mansplain isn’t new. It’s been used to mean “explain” in texts showing informal speech or—as when Ricky Ricardo admonished his beloved in I Love Lucy—in imperfect English for at least a century. Since the advent and consequent blossoming of mansplain, splain has been attached to other morphemes to create words modeled on mansplain. Mother Jones put the word leftsplaining into the headline of an article by none other than Rebecca Solnit (about how people on the political left should stop expounding on the failings of lefties to fellow lefties). A politician under the mistaken impression that potlucks are a unique Iowa tradition was accused of potluck-splaining when he tried to illuminate non-Iowans on how the communal meals work.
Japan-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and A Pale View of Hills, is 2017’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The novelist was praised by the Swedish Academy as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our […]
This excellent letter to Trump was written by the young son of a family friend. Not only is he right about everything, but right in a way that really gets under the Trumpkins’ skin. A real gift, that!
“Please advise.” A letter sent to Columbia Records art director John Berg and others by Teo Macero, producer of Miles’s revolutionary 1970 jazz fusion album. Below, a live performance of the title track “Bitches Brew.” (Thanks, Jordan Kurland!)
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Whether you were an avid collector back in the day or simply inherited a collection from your parents’ mixtapes, you likely have a stash of cassettes you’re hanging on to for nostalgia’s sake. And, while your taste in music might last for years to come, those cassettes likely won’t have the same longevity. Luckily, this Audio […]
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