Wednesday, April 27, 2005


noun. A bad way to almost die.

Real citation: "Part of what makes 'Sin City' work is that while the performances may be somewhat broad (they need to be, to suit the material), they stop at being grotesquely cartoonish. Owen is always a dazzling, uncompromising presence, and he puts his considerably roguish charms to work here, too. Accosting a bad 'un in a bathroom -- where else does one inflict near-drowning-by-swirlie? -- he introduces himself with the stunningly original line, 'I'm Shellie's new boyfriend, and I'm out of my mind.'"
(Stephanie Zacharek, "Sin City," Salon,

Made-up citation: "If we spent less money on new prisons and put more funding and research into near-drowning-by-swirlie initiatives, maybe America could be America again."

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