Friday, March 7, 2008

Euphemisms

So, I have this favorite book, you should check it out. It is told from the viewpoint of a 15 year-old boy who is mildly autistic. He is a math whiz but hopeless when it comes to understanding other people. One of my favorite parts is when he explains why he doesn't understand what people are trying to say when they use euphemisms like "the apple of my eye".

Speaking of euphemisms....

One night when I was a student at Rutgers U., my friend Emily and I were hanging out in her dorm room with the door open when two girls walked by carrying on a loud discussion about a guy they both knew.

"He's just not the hottest crayon in the box" one said with authority.

"You mean the brightest crayon in the box?" asked her friend.

"No" she snorted in reply, "I mean he's not hot."

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