Oenophileophobe: The fear of being stuck at dinner with someone who likes to flaunt his knowledge of wine.
Everyone likes the chance of getting to go to a fancy restaurant. The food is usually better than what you usually make at home or get at the local quick-service eateries or delis. If you do get the chance to feast on something worth more than standard paycheck, be careful that you don’t let your dining partner know that you might be an oenophileophobe. These snooty people just live and breath their universal knowledge of the vino, and even though they might know which year is best for what region, and which grapes might have gotten hit by a blight in 1964, his or her incessant lecture about your choice of beverage makes you really wish you had ordered a beer. These are the guys and girls who know exactly what wine should go with each course, from soup to dessert, and will never let you forget it. If you are lucky enough to have ever have been to the Panama City Beach Winery, then you know that these snobs really don’t know everything, but enjoy the dinner anyway, especially if they are paying. This tirade will only last about as long as a horror movie, and in the end, you will still end up safe and sound in your own home. Read more...(254 words, 1 image, estimated 1:01 mins reading time)
Snargle (snar’ gul) – v. To lessen the visual impact of a horror movie by filtering it through one’s fingers.
Summer movie season is officially here, and with it comes an onslaught of movies designed to give you goosebumps, make your toes curl, and make your hair stand on end. Some of these with just outright gross you out. With the viewing of horror films, whether they be the PG-13 movies that are truly dark and scary, but not bloody (my favorite kind!), or the the NC-17 kind in which blood will flood by the gallons, expect many viewers to be snargling through them. To snargle is to find yourself a shield of your own creation made by your hands to cover your eyes so that they can protect your heart from the dark movie magic on that screen. So we all love a good scare, and nothing gets the adrenaline rushing like some eerie music and some great sound effects. Snargling cannot protect you from the sounds, which can be just as effective as the visual impact, but it can shield your eyes, and give you the chance to cover them up so you don’t have to see who might be getting brutally murdered or what might be invading our earthly realm, whether it be demons from below, ghosts from beyond, the undead that stalk the night, or even aliens with a bad and greedy attitude. Good luck with your movie viewing this season. Don’t snargle too much, or you might miss something important.