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Find out why Prince has become a ''purple drain''

July 11, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

by Adam Bluestein and I.W. Nicholson

LILLIN’ (v.) Making the charts after adopting a moniker with ”Lil”’ in it (see Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Romeo, Lil’ Bow Wow).

PURPLE DRAIN (n.) Religiously motivated removal of all nasty lyrics of a former sexy motherf—er.

HI-JACK (v.) To emerge from a scandal as a cult star with a big TV deal (see ”You Don’t Know Jack”’s Paul Reubens).

STONED (adj.) Preferring to face a man eating lizard rather than one’s wife (see Phil Bronstein and Sharon Stone).

SONY BALONEY (n.) A film blurb that’s too good to be true.

JOIE DE JOLIE (n.) Euphoria from having a hit movie, a great sex life, and a vial of your spouse’s blood around your neck.

DEVOLUTION (n.) Trading high art for low comedy (see ”Evolution”’s Julianne Moore).

BACKSTREET SLIDE (n.) Inevitable decline of a career based on the loyalty of preadolescent girls.

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