Thought Catalog

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Slang Derived From Literary Classics

John’s hanging himself: Someone feeling guilty for sex acts they’ve participated in/ received/ performed
Heathcliffing: To still be dating/ courting a girl when the relationship or any possible relationship is clearly doomed

Don’t Become A Novelist

Most of my friends want to become novelists. The rest want to be screenwriters. It’s a calling, they say, and apparently everyone I know has it. I don’t even live in Brooklyn. How is this possible?