What does Summer H.E.A.T. mean in Atlanta? When you order a Whiz Wit in Philly, what will you get? Which city is known by hipster denizens as Ill Mill? Find the answers at City Dictionary, a user-generated, easy-to-search compilation of local (U.S.) lingo and nicknames. Its founders live in Madison, WI, which accounts for the disproportionately large number of Madison entries. But thanks to a gentle nudge from yours truly, Oakland's adverbial claim to fame, hella, is now in the dictionary. Sign up to add your own contributions. You can also follow City Dictionary on Twitter.
Owning a domain name doesn't necessarily protect you from a trademark challenge. Find out why.
Attention type geeks! Ironic Sans proposes a new typography term: keming, "the result of improper kerning." Now available as a T-shirt and other stuff. (Note #1: Although David Friedman, the man behind Ironic Sans, shares his name with a close relative of mine, he and I are not in fact related in any way I'm aware of. Note #2: Ironic Sans is, of course, another type joke: a play on the frequently reviled Comic Sans.)
To fully appreciate Kawaii Headdesk, a word list on the user-generated Wordie site, you need to (a) hang out on the Intertubes a lot and (b) know what "kawaii" and "headdesk" refer to. Then decide for yourself whether the list really represents "the worst of middle-school drama, valley-girl stupidity, and pop-culture idolatry" with "a dash of emo and a pinch of snark." (Hella? O rly?)
Tote bag from HellaLove.com, which also sells HellaLove T-shirts, onesies, and sweatshirts.