Household glossary 3: “It’s a thing”

it’s a thing a phrase indicating that something exists or is done (origin: Amish-influenced social studies class)

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Example: Powdered peanut butter? It’s a thing.

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See? It exists.

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How language changes, Issue 19: Will you remember what you said?

In 20 years, everyone will be like, “People used to be all ‘I said this’ and ‘she said that.'” And then they’ll go, “What does said mean?”

The English teacher was like, “Be more specific!” And all the students went, “This is stupid.” So the teacher went, “Use this list to improve your writing!” The English teacher pleaded, “Be more specific!” And all the students complained, “This is stupid.” So the teacher bellowed, “Use this list to improve your writing!”

How language changes, Issue 15: Sweater vs. Sweatshirt

I’ve recently had debates with teenagers who swear that a crew neck sweatshirt is a “sweater” and that a “sweatshirt” must have a hood. Huh? 

I. can’t. call. this. a. sweater.

I would call this a sweatshirt or a hoodie, so we’re in agreement on this.

For me, it’s all about the material. This is a sweater.