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The Word Spy [Dec. 1st, 2003|11:54 pm]
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I might have lived my whole life not knowing about The Word Spy if I hadn't read scottks's discussion of charasmatic megafauna.

charismatic megafauna
noun. Animals that have popular appeal and so can form the basis of conservation campaigns and fundraising drives.
"Giant pandas are 'charismatic megafauna,' a category that includes whales and other sea mammals, salmon and other inspirational fish, eagles and other flashy raptors. In each instance, the creatures help spotlight the hundreds of humbler but equally endangered species: the black-spored quillwort, the longhorn fairy shrimp."
—"Birth and Rebirth," USA Today, August 23, 1999

The best thing about the site isn't the definitions, it's the citations. My English-starved cns is binging on entries like presenteeism and warm-chair attrition, legislated nostalgia, barking head, and social expression product (greeting card).

Uh.. Have you heard the following term in popular use?

sedentary death syndrome
(SED.un.tair.ee deth SIN.drum, -drohm) n. Death caused by extreme inactivity and poor nutrition. Also: SeDS

Do people really say this?

Unfortunately, so forget about ever coming home to the states.
No, and I should know.
I don't think so, but I live in a one room shack in Montana and I haven't seen a television since 1959.

What is your preferred term for being lazy and out of shape?

Next, a word which describes me.

(fleks.uh.TAYR.ee.un) n. A person who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but who is also willing to eat meat or fish occasionally. —adj. (Flexible + vegetarian.)
(aka me when Don makes his faaaaamous chicken tikka or blackened salmon. Salmon shown.)

And don't forget to check http://www.urbandictionary.com/ for your slurvian camouflanguage needs.

fo' shizzle my nizzle
"'fo shizz-ul my nizz-ul'"
"fo shizzle ma nizzle" is a bastardization of "fo' sheezy mah neezy" which is a bastardization of "for sure mah nigga" which is a bastdardization of "I concur with you whole heartedly my African american brother."

(Yeah, I've got some catching-up to do.)

[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-12-01 09:02 am (UTC)
that salmon look absloutly too good to eat...*grabs fork nonetheless*
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-01 09:12 am (UTC)
Black jesus, that was a tasty morsel of fish!
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2003-12-01 09:17 am (UTC)
i can imagine!
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[User Picture]From: webwawa
2003-12-01 09:47 am (UTC)
i want recipe! i have salmon in the freezer right now
i need to cook it soon before it goes old

i'm a flexitarian!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-02 07:28 am (UTC)

How to make the fish in the picture

Step one: Make garlic-lemon butter.
Mince one or two large garlic cloves. Cook the garlic with a little butter. Mix with juice of 1/2 a lemon and more melted butter, and set aside.

Step two: Make a spice blend.
In a bowl, mix a teaspoon of cumin, a teaspoon of onion powder, a teaspoon of white pepper, a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 a teaspoon of paprika, 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne, and a dash of oregano.

Step three: Prepare the fillets.
Dip the salmon into the garlic-lemon butter (it should have pieces of garlic in it). Place on a cutting board or something. Then sprinkle spice mix liberally on the fish. At this point, Don spooned more garlic from the butter and sort of mashed it into the fish. Sprinkle on a little salt, and more spice if you like. Don used a lot of spice, and rubbed it in.

Step four: Garnish
Heat a dry, non-stick pan to medium-high heat, wait until it gets hot, and sear the fish on both sides until it is cooked to your liking.

Step five: Ippai tabenasai.
As you can see, we garnished it with cilantro. (Or coriander, depending where you're from.)

*Note: Blackened fish is usually less spicy and more charred. Some recipes indicate you should cake the spice mixture on like a crust, but Don doesn't do it that way.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-02 09:31 am (UTC)

Re: How to make the fish in the picture

Oops, Step Four should read "burn," not "garnish."
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From: malo23
2003-12-02 09:34 am (UTC)
Very amusing post. You poor thing--the English does tend to wither away while living in Japan...but it isn't quite as bad as you think! I've never used any of terms you posted. "Social Expression Product" (SEP?)!? Ridiculous--a greeting card is just a greeting card (ask the folks at Hallmark!). :) SeDS makes sense logically but I have never heard the term before in my life.

BTW, how do you post those fabbo pictures? My wife bought a デギカメ but the photos are always too large for LJ! :(

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From: malo23
2003-12-02 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oops--should have been デジカメ!!

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-03 04:52 am (UTC)
Hi, Malo! There are a zillion apps to shrink a digital picture. Some come with cameras, scanners, or printers. I use Fireworks because I do all my web stuff in Fireworks. =)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-12-03 04:50 am (UTC)
I just caught the irony of the opening and closing of this entry, ragarding the charisma of the salmon....
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