Craigslist Lies People Tell: Specious Balconies and A Possible Mother/Daughter Situation

Plenty of Spec. Craigslist is not a place where you go if you want to feel good about literacy. But at least “ceiling,” while an ongoing problem, yields no disastrous malapropisms when you mess it up. Not so for certain other wily words.

We will pass on the “rot iron railing,” we believe, as well as the “specious balcony” in Bushwick. Although is a specious balcony more or less worrying than a specious bathroom? Perhaps neither is as great, for pure irony, as a “Fantastic specious TRUE 3BR” on the Upper East Side.


The Mother and Child Reunion. A Staten Island sales listing (“Why Rent when you can Own?”) is posted amid the rentals. This is an obvious enough problem, but more interesting is an enigmatic detail dropped in the middle of the ad: “possible mother/daughter situation in basement.” What could this mean? We are intrigued, to say the least.

 

Peace Out? This week in Wired, Gary Wolf takes on the crucial question of “Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess.” Mr. Wolf examines the idiosyncrasies of the Craig’s List business model and innovation—and, perhaps even more entertainingly, offers insight into one of the great Craigslist mysteries: the purple peace sign that appears alongside the address.

“Craig [Newmark] thought it was associated with the hippies and that hippies were discredited,” [CEO Jim] Buckmaster says. “Whereas I think peace is among the most desirable things you can have.”

mfischer@observer.com

Craigslist Lies People Tell: Specious Balconies and A Possible Mother/Daughter Situation