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    Self-Referencing Words

    Once all the easy ones are dealt with I imagine this might become an interesting lateral thinking challenge. Here are a few:

    "Word" is a word.
    "Verb" can be a verb (when verbed).
    "English" is, in fact, English.
    And I always thought "weird" was rather weird.

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    "is" is.

    That's all I've got right now.

    edit: "now" works, in a fun way.

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    This reminds me of onomatopoeia. Words that sound like they are.

    Such as:
    clap
    crackle
    flush
    pop
    crunch
    snap

    maybe this should have been another thread..
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    The self-reference is not explicit in any of those. "Word" doesn't necessarily refer to its own instance, except that it was put in quotes. So, anything in quotes that is referring to an abstract

    but
    wait

    brain instantly explode

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    "Punny" is a very punny word.
    "Overcomplicated" is overcomplicated.
    "Literally" when not horribly abused, is used literally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stuck View Post
    The self-reference is not explicit in any of those. "Word" doesn't necessarily refer to its own instance, except that it was put in quotes. So, anything in quotes that is referring to an abstract

    but
    wait

    brain instantly explode
    Yep, you got it right.

    I considered calling them "self-descriptive" but that seemed a little too restrictive for an excercise in creativity.

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    Or self-referencing acronyms like GNU - GNU's Not Unix
    "I don't have psychological problems." --Madrigal

    "When you write about shooting Polemarch in the head, that's more like a first-person view, like you're there looking down the sight of the gun." --Utisz

    David Wong, regarding Chicago
    Six centuries ago, the pre-Colombian natives who settled here named this region with a word which in their language means "the Mouth of Shadow". Later, the Iroquois who showed up and inexplicably slaughtered every man, woman and child renamed it "Seriously, Fuck that Place". When French explorer Jacques Marquette passed through the area he marked his map with a drawing of a brownish blob emerging from between the Devil's buttocks.

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    This just in: I'm accepting all friend requests too unless you're a fricken jerk and I can't stand your existence and inane drivel. If that's the case, then I'll accept your friend request so I can keep an eye on your ass unless you don't hold any interest for me; then only the threat of keeping my eye on you stands. feces

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    o cat taco - new palindrome

    flies mostly...fly

    "key" is both a verb and a noun - at least I've heard folks use "key" as a verb. So one can "key a key" on a keypad or typewriter etc.

    One may use the verbal expression "shit" to express annoyance at having accidentally stepped in actual shit. The shit is referring to itself.
    cute as a bug

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    bed - (shape)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starjots View Post
    bed - (shape)
    That's why I started to call my desk a 'peeq'

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