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, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, 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
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Apropos of Nothing

June 12, 2019 (permalink)

"Apropos of nothing, I had a weird day."
—David McConnell
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April 1, 2019 (permalink)

"Apropos of nothing, the full moon is in my home."
Leticia Gossdenovich Feldman
#night photography #interior moon
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July 25, 2018 (permalink)

From Becoming a Whole Person by Cid Davidson, 2004.
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April 1, 2018 (permalink)

"At one point, Arthur asks his knights – apropos of nothing – 'Why do they call us the Middle Ages when nothing yet comes after us?''" —a reference to Spamalot in Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture
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January 21, 2018 (permalink)

From Curious Attractions by Debra Spark, 2005.
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March 16, 2017 (permalink)

From Peter David's Sir Apropos of Nothing, 2001.
#apropos of nothing #lettering
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February 21, 2017 (permalink)

"Ordinary jazz players merely say, again and again, unasked, apropos of nothing: 'The blues has to be there all the time: it's the way you feel.'" —Eric Hobsbawm, The Jazz Scene
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December 9, 2016 (permalink)

"Do you think mice who live in Legoland think they're giants?" Freddie said, apropos of nothing.
—T. S. Easton, Boys Don't Knit (In Public)

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October 11, 2015 (permalink)

"(Apropos of nothing, I suppose, I feel that I should report that in some buildings, the walls are a full four feet thick.)"
Charles House, One with the Fox

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August 20, 2015 (permalink)

"She looked cheerfully from tying her laces and, apropos of nothing, said, 'Raise your hand if you don't want to die.'"
Rachel Neumann, Not Quite Nirvana

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October 30, 2014 (permalink)

This "apropos of nothing" moment occurs in the British comedy series Dead Boss.
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March 5, 2014 (permalink)

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"[A]propos of nothing, I suggest that we go skating in the moonlight, all together."
Jane Smiley, Ordinary Love and Good Will
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February 27, 2014 (permalink)

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"And apropos of nothing at all he adds, 'We are nice people.  Not everyone understands that.'"
John McPhee, La Place de la Concorde Suisse
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February 10, 2014 (permalink)

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"[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)
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January 27, 2014 (permalink)

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"'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)
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January 15, 2014 (permalink)

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"'Frivolous,' I said, apropos of nothing."
Mary Daheim, Alpine Escape (2011)
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December 19, 2013 (permalink)

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"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)
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December 12, 2013 (permalink)

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"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)
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November 18, 2013 (permalink)

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"'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)
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October 24, 2013 (permalink)

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