EGR/MB: please go vote this up, Voltaire!

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Christopher Locke

Aug 24, 2011, 3:54:08 PM8/24/11
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Valued Readers,

I realize it's been a while. Yes. And also that this is very little to break such a long silence with. But we are so excited about this here at EGR HQ, and hope you will take a moment to click through and give this excellent cultural meme a thumbs up. 

Meanwhile, I remain your humble servant, 


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Date: Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 5:23 AM
Subject: Urban Dictionary - Voltaire was published

Thanks for your definition of Voltaire!

Editors reviewed your entry and have decided to publish it on

It should appear on this page in the next few days:

Urban Dictionary



What hipsters called each other in the 18th century instead of "dude."

"Voltaire, I'm so high right now."

Source: Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

"Yale was founded by finicky Protestants who worried that the Puritans at Harvard weren't puritanical enough. But the Revolutionary War brought the Age of Reason to New Haven, and (Timothy) Dwight (Jonathan Edwards' grandson) inherited a student body full of deist beatniks on the Enlightenment highway to hell, which is to say, France. This generation did not just read Voltaire - they literally addressed each other as 'Voltaire' the way kids today call one another dude. Like, 'Voltaire, I'm so high right now.'"

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