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Diss · I first heard some­one use "diss" some­time in the mid-nineties, which prob­a­bly means that it en­tered the ver­nac­u­lar a few years be­fore that. I have the vague idea that it come out of Black Amer­i­can par­lance as a short­en­ing of "disrespect", but I've nev­er seen this looked in­to se­ri­ous­ly. It's a good, use­ful, word, and what's sur­pris­ing is the hole in the lan­guage that we didn't know was there un­til it was filled ...
Unsuspected Parallels, Part 79 · I was think­ing J.S. Bach's Fifth Bran­den­berg Con­cer­to has a lot in com­mon with Neil Young's Change Your Mind, in their shame­less (and very en­joy­able) dis­plays of vir­tu­os­i­ty for its own sake ...
Biz Travel, Chapter 312 · The route from Van­cou­ver to Nor­folk VA is not ex­act­ly well-trodden, and part of it led from gates B22 to F12 at O'Hare - Chica­go air­port conais­seurs are shud­der­ing in sym­pa­thy, we're talk­ing 20 min­utes of hard walk­ing here. But the quest had its re­ward, a jew­el ac­tu­al­ly ...
"Pattern Recognition" by William Gibson · You have to cred­it Gib­son with, if noth­ing else, ex­treme courage. He has a proven gift for in­vent­ing al­ter­nate re­al­i­ties that huge num­bers of peo­ple are will­ing to buy his books about, and af­ter a cou­ple of decades of that, here he is with a linear-narrative type thriller set firm­ly in 2002 ...
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