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A Riot?

posted at 12:01 pm
on Jul. 29, 2003

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A friend wrote me recently and said she really liked my column.

Actually, she said “I (was) a riot!”

A riot? She has no idea! I was here for the South Central Riots of 1992(ish).  That was a real riot.  Looting burning gunshots curfew escape from Los Angeles.  A laugh a minute.

It’s such a strange expression.  In what way is a “riot” funny?  And that’s not the only example of a phrase gone awry.  When did “wicked” become a good thing?  “Heinous”?  “Awesome”? Or even just “bad”?

I liked it so much better when the kids made up silly words to mean good: “groovy,” “tripendicular” and “tubular,” for example.

I appreciate being a riot, but the pressure to maintain such a high standard is murder, I’m telling you.



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