Metallage (me-tal’-la-gee): When a word or phrase is treated as an object within another expression.

If you say “far out”” again, I’m headed far out the door—so far, I’ll be in in another city or state, or maybe country. Canada’s just up the road. I know you picked up “far out” from your parents—die-hard tie dyed hippies from the 60s. The still talk about The Who’s sunrise performance of “Tommy” at Woodstock like it was just this morning. Every other word is “far out.” Also, “like” and “man” and “wow” find their way in too. At the grocery store: “Like, where are the avocados, man? Oh wow. Over there? Far out.”

The best is the way they dress. Where the hell do they get bellbottoms in the 21st century? They should rent themselves out for parties as real Hippies. One good thing though: now that pot is legal, they’ve lost their paranoia and grow it in your back yard. But the clincher is what they eat. Their “Bean Alone” diet is totally horrendous. One of these days your house is going to explode from the gas your parents generate.

Well that’s it—hokey donkey—holy guacamole—I got it out of my system. Let’s go out to dinner now. Hokey donkey artichoky. Let’s go. Ok?

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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