Cultural References

Emo (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Who's this emo girl?"

Cheer up, emo P.I.! It is difficult to pin down the one true definition of "emo," though the salient point is that the term itself is a shortened form of "emotional" and refers to a musical style and sensibility. But simply having emotions does not make you emo! Emoness is characterized by extreme unhappiness and melancholy, a mood enhanced by the music from whence the term originated. If you want to seem knowledgeable, you can tell people the very first emo band was mid-1980s hardcore punk band Rites of Spring. Like feminism, however, emo has had waves and evolved to encompass not just music but fashion styles (thick, black-rimmed glasses are "emo glasses") and attitudes (complaining about this girl who won't go out with you in your LiveJournal is "being emo").

2.11 "Donut Run"

"I don't want to be one of those mumbly, college-rocker emo guys who just, all they want to do is play their band's demo."

A town in the Republic of Ireland, in County Laios.

What, wrong Emo?

Emo is a state of being, genre of music, style of dress, and all-around indefinable word. The word itself is derived from "emotional," which should give you a hint as to the angst-ridden, tormented, anguished, misunderstood frame of mind (am I describing any teenagers you know?) that it embodies. Not to belittle the challenges of growing up, but it's also completely mockable, which may be why Piz is so careful to reassure Trish that his band isn't. Emo, that is. Or mockable. Or both.

3.03 "Wichita Linebacker"
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