The stronger verbal taboos have … a genuine social value. When we are extremely angry and we feel the need of expressing our anger in violence, uttering these forbidden words provides us with a relatively harmless verbal substitute for going berserk and smashing furniture; that is, the words act as a kind of safety valve in our moments of crisis.
— S.I. Hayakawa, Language in Thought and Action 66 (4th ed. 1978)
Some of the worst things ever written have been due to an avoidance of the ordinary word, and the mistaken choice of what the writer thought was a more dignified word or phrase.
— Henry Bett, Some Secrets of Style 102-03 (1932).
The ability to express ourselves is not a frill for the edges of life, but an indispensable tool of our self-understanding, our understanding of others, and our rational contact with the world around us.
— Royal Bank of Canada, The Communication of Ideas 37 (rev. ed. 1972).
I’m sorry that I just beat every single one of you at this game.
New Carver Apartments, Los Angeles
Michael Maltzan Architecture
This is pretty cool looking. I feel like it would be impossible not to feel inspired every time you walked to your apartment …
…and I won’t be impressed tomorrow either.
The best part of believe is the lie.
— Fall Out Boy
Don’t be scared to walk alone, don’t be scared to like it.
— John Mayer, “Born and Raised”