Two days ago, Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole (buy his book) started publishing a dictionary of received wisdom on twitter. I actually screencapped it all with the intention of posting it here, because it’s too good. Luckily he saved me from the work by collating and posting it at the New Yorker. Here a brief, random excerpt. All of it is good:

AFRICA.   A country. Poor but happy. Rising.

ALMOND.   All eyes are almond-shaped.

AMERICAN.  With the prefix “all,” a blonde.

ARTICULATE.   Say “you’re very articulate” to young blacks, and then ask where they are from.

ARTISAN.   A carpenter, in Brooklyn.

Read the full dictionary here.

 

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