Like candy corn and licorice, Like bubble gum and Swedish fish

October is officially here when I have my first candy corn sighting, or sounding, as it were.
Working on my neighbour book and listening to new music, I heard a reference to candy corn and swedish fish. Two references that took me back in time one year, and five months, respectively.

The candy corn brough me back to my first trip to Tops, on Winton Rd, c. fall 2007. Looking for veggie burgers and dessert, we came across the most perfect fall cookout sweets: a brownie cake covered in candy corn.

The swedish fish lyric threw me into late April, 08, sitting in the green room at school, talking with Lisa about her thesis, artist’s statement, and so on. Boxes of swedish fish and whatever the American version of Goodies are called were being thrown about in the midst of heady discussions on verbiage and art theory.

Title Credit: Silver Jews, Candy Jail

  1. ali said:


    speech or writing that uses too many words or technical expressions.

    nice. you are my word hero today, as I am experiencing quite a bit of verbiage myself.

  2. Check today’s word of the day:

    Monday September 29, 2008

    Today’s Word | Yesterday’s Word | Previous Words | Subscribe for Free | Help

    verbiage \VUR-bee-ij\, noun:
    1. An overabundance of words; wordiness.
    2. Manner or style of expression; diction.

    The sheer volume of verbiage he has expelled over eight years is enough to make John Updike look blocked.
    — Andrew Sullivan, “Sounds of Silence”, New Republic, January 15, 2001

    Points like these seem so self-evident as not to merit much repeating, but in the professional literature they appear all the time, slightly dressed up in academic verbiage.
    — Michael Barrett, “The Case for More School Days”, The Atlantic, November 1990

    She also indulged in flowery verbiage that her classmates called “H.D.” for “heightened diction.”
    — John Habich, “Mother Country”, Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 25, 2001

    Verbiage comes from French, ultimately from Latin verbum, “word.”

    Mmmmm, verbiage.

  3. lisa said:

    i tried commenting a bazillion times about the wonderfulness of good n plenty but this blasted thing wouldn’t let me, or you wouldn’t post them.


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