The writer’s canny definitions have struck a chord with many. What would you contribute to his alternative dictionary?When Nigerian American novelist Teju Cole took to Twitter to come up with a modern day glossary of received wisdom in real-time, he may have just been passing the time. But many of his canny definitions and astute observations resonate. Highlights so far have included:INTERNET. A waste of time. Have a long online argument with anyone who disagrees.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 27, 2013EVOLUTION. Only a theory.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 27, 2013TELEVISION. Much improved. Better than novels. If someone says “The Wire,” say “The Sopranos,” or vice versa.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 27, 2013LITERALLY. Swear you’d rather die than use “literally” as an intensifier.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 27, 2013HIPSTER. One who has an irrational hatred of hipsters.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 27, 2013ŽIŽEK. Observe he’s made some good points, but.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 27, 2013 What pithy contemporary definitions would you add to Teju’s list?Languagetheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds …read more

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