Avant Garde

Hold on to your dachshund, because I’m about to make you one cool cat.

Would you like to know a new slang phrase that’s been in existence for less than one week, and has been all the rage in one of the world’s largest and bustlingest metropolii? Would you like to be so ahead of the game that the game itself feels like it has no game? ‘Cuz I can do that for you.

Ready?

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APEC blue.

It’s the word they use to describe the blue skies in Beijing during APEC. But more than that, it means something that is awesome, but only in a temporary and artificial way. As in:

“OMG, Mitch asked me out tonight!!”
“Hush it, sisterpants. He’s not really into you, it’s just APEC blue.”

Got it? Don’t you feel cooler? I know I do.

And while all this APEC blue was going on over Beijing, I was stuck in Shanghai for seven days with two pairs of underwear because all the flights had been cancelled during the conference, living a special kind of sadness I like to call…

The APEC blues.

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2 Responses to Avant Garde

  1. Ray H says:

    My condolences. Something is not quite right when blue skies are a novelty.

    In Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly coins the term ‘the mean reds’ for bipolar-esque outbursts of anxiety.

    Can we make a term for the reds? “The CCP reds” perhaps… (HKers may appreciate)

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