CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Apropos of Nothing

Yesterday — October 30, 2014 (permalink)

This "apropos of nothing" moment occurs in the British comedy series Dead Boss.



March 5, 2014 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"[A]propos of nothing, I suggest that we go skating in the moonlight, all together."
Jane Smiley, Ordinary Love and Good Will

February 27, 2014 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"And apropos of nothing at all he adds, 'We are nice people.  Not everyone understands that.'"
John McPhee, La Place de la Concorde Suisse

February 10, 2014 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"[O]ne woman, apropos of nothing, mentioning Flaubert only to dismiss him as a writer of no importance."
V. S. Naipaul, India: A Wounded Civilization (2011)

January 27, 2014 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"'I just came out with a dirty joke DVD.  I'll have to send you a copy.'  The stupid part about me saying this was that it was apropos of nothing."
Gilbert Gottfried, Rubber Balls and Liquor (2011)

January 15, 2014 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"'Frivolous,' I said, apropos of nothing."
Mary Daheim, Alpine Escape (2011)

December 19, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"I announced to everyone apropos of nothing: I especially loved the phrase 'deep and crisp and even.'" —Terry Castle, The Professor: And Other Writings (2011)

December 12, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"I declared, apropos of nothing and with all the wisdom of my five or six years, 'The clouds are angels.'"
Jo McDougall, Daddy's Money (2011)

November 18, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"'Or she,' I added, apropos of nothing. ¶ Orshee looked up, confused.  This was his line. Had he missed an opportunity to say it?"
Richard Russo, Straight Man: A Novel (2011)

October 24, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"'When a sloth dies, it remains hanging in its tree,' the sloth said, apropos of nothing."
Lev Grossman, The Magician King (2011)

October 15, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"'You can never be too careful,' he said apropos of nothing, and smacked his lips." —Laurie Fox, The Lost Girls (2011)

October 14, 2013 (permalink)

 "'Honeysuckle,' he said, apropos of nothing but the night air."
Grace Burrowes, The Heir (2010)

[See also our previous bit regarding somebody else's honeysuckle.]


Honeysuckle by Vickysaurus.

August 7, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"He told us, apropos of nothing in particular, that Freudians tended to have 'more swinging' parties than post-Freudians."
Victor Chen, Anti-Politics: A Story and Various Papers

August 5, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"[He] says, apropos of nothing in that sunny afternoon's affable, inconsequential banter, and in crisply enunciated, declamatory English: 'The world, which seems to lie before us like a land of dreams, so various, beautiful, so new, hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help from pain; and we are here as on a darklling plain swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight where ignorant armies clash by night."
Mark Leyner, The Tetherballs of Bougainville: A Novel (2011)

July 16, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"Apropos nothing. How blue is your ray?"
Ran de Gota

January 22, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"'You can't have a fear of the unknown,' the artist/beggar Gabriel Fluke tells me, apropos of nothing.  'You have a fear of the known.  You have a fear of what you know.'"
James S. Kunen, Diary of a Company Man (2012)

January 3, 2013 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"If there was such a thing as seeing a ghost, Doris had seen one.  She stared at the shopping bag.  'Fondly I'm dreaming, ever of thee,' she quoted softly, apropos of nothing."
Judith Bowen, The Wild Child (2012)

December 17, 2012 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"[A]propos of nothing.  'It always happens in threes.'"
Catherine McKenzie, Spin (2012)

November 27, 2012 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"[A]propos of nothing, 'Don't worry. Everything will come out all right. Things will work out for the best.'"
Project Rebirth (2011)

September 10, 2012 (permalink)


photo by Cobalt 123
"[He] told her over pudding – compote of wild berries – about his mother suddenly saying, apropos of nothing it seemed, 'The puddings of time,' and about how she might write a book about puddings through the ages."
Isla Dewar, Secrets of a Family Album (2012)



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