When playing games of Tag, one person is `it' and has to catch or `tag' someone else. The person caught generally becomes `it'. In some games, the original `it' may not be tagged again until someone else has been tagged, or at least until a short time period has passed. In other games, `it' must tag on the run to avoid being re-tagged immediately.

Its all around you but can never quite tell if its there or not, it wants to comfort you and be a friend to you. It is as slient has the soft breeze that blows across your face on the cold winter nights. You want to meet it but it knows thats impossible, so you walk trying to keep control of your emotions as they try hard not to think about it.

Its a mother a girlfriend and a child in one, although you will never truly feel it. you can sense it even make a guess at where it is standing but you can never be certain. As you walk down the quite empty dangerous streets you feel no danger because it protects you, the bad dreams that you have are no longer there becasue it is there guarding your sleep making sure that you never wake from a bad dream.

For all these things you want to thank it, but it never ever shows its self, and it makes you wonder if it was you that made it this way. And then one day you cant feel it, you no its not there, but there is something else that you feel, you no longer feel tense and afraid of the big world that is outside the frosted window. You know its gone becasue you have made peace with yourself, it helped to make choices that were very important to your life.

And so it moves to the next person that is troubled and has lost there way in the road of life untill its but them back on track, its keeps going and going in the cold dreamless night.....

It is also the name of the most annoying monster in the game Gauntlet 2. It appears as a little spark zeroing in on the player. When It touches you It disappears and the game tells you "Red wizard is now It!" and all the other monsters come running after you.

It's first appearance is on on of the earliest levels, and there's always a player close enough to be caught by It. From memory, when you are It a little spark circles your character - my memory is hazy due to having to slaughter millions of monsters while trying to tag someone else.

With one player this is not a big issue, as all the monsters come after you anyway, but when there's two or more people playing you get all the monsters and your friends get to laugh at you. The clever part is if you can tag someone. They become It, turning an ordinary computer game into a more destructive and bitter version of the playground game.

I call the It Monster annoying, but the game wouldn't have been as hilarious without him - I miss It.

Novel written by horror writer Stephen King. Published by Viking Press, the book was released in 1986.

It is the story of a group of childhood friends who return to their home town of Derry, Maine to fight an ancient evil that they battled years earlier. The evil which resides under the streets of Derry has been preying on the children of the town for years. Its main form is that of Pennywise the Clown, but the evil has the ability to take the form of that which you most fear.

The book is about King's warped nostalgic trip into those long summer afternoons that seemed to last forever and childhood friendships that we never believed would end. The group of friends that return are stereotypical of the outcast group of kids that existed in most neighborhoods:

Bill Denbrough, the all-American kid who talks funny (in this case a stutter)
Richie Tozier, the smart-mouth kid who hides his insecurity behind humor
Ben Hanscom, the fat kid
Mike Hanlon, the black kid
Stan Uris, the ethnic kid (in this case, Jewish)
Eddie Kaspbrak, the small and weak kid
Beverly Marsh, the girl

This rag-tag group fights an evil that threatens their very lives during a summer in the late 1950's. Once they drive the evil away, they promise to come back if it should ever return.

Like many of King's stories, It was adapted into a television mini-series. The mini-series, though respectable, did not possess the ability to draw the audience into the situation the way the book did. The cast included:

Richard Thomas as Bill Denbrough
Harry Anderson as Richie Tozier
John Ritter as Ben Hanscom
Tim Reid as Mike Hanlon
Richard Masur as Stan Uris
Dennis Christopher as Eddie Kaspbrak
Annette O'Toole as Beverly Marsh
Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown

The mini-series also included a cast of younger actors playing the friends as children. Most of them were relative unknowns with two notable exceptions. Seth Green of Austin Powers and Buffy fame, played the young Richie Tozier and Jonathan Bradis of Seaquest DSV played the young Bill Denbrough.

A distinctive use of the word "it", mentioned above, is in sentences such as:

It is raining.

It is cold outside.

In these sentences, "it" does not have the usual role of a pronoun: referring to a previously-mentioned thing. Rather, in these cases "it" is being used as what grammarians call prop it.

This usage arises because in English a sentence must have a subject. (There are exceptions, principally imperatives and when the subject has been ellipted.) In order to fit in with the standard sentence structure, the pronoun "it" is added to the start of the sentence. This perhaps illustrates the principle that the human brain naturally forms sentences according to predefined patterns or rules that are held very deeply; as has been suggested by Noam Chomsky and others. This also means that it is nonsensical to ask what "it" refers to in "it is raining"; the word "it" is not being used to refer to anything.

Reference: Edmund Weiner (ed.). The Oxford Reference Grammar. Oxford. 2000.

1920s euphemism for sex appeal, popularized by British writer Elinor Glyn in her 1926 novel of the same name (Rudyard Kipling used the word in print as early as 1904). "It is that quality possessed by some that draws all others with its magnetic force. "It" can be a quality of mind as well as a physical attraction (...) You either have it or you don't", quoth Glyn. When asked who possesses It in Hollywood, Glyn replied the only ones are actors Clara Bow and Antonio Moreno and the doorman at the Ambassador Hotel. Bow and Moreno were immediately cast for the 1927 film version, which transformed Bow into what Glyn called the "it" girl, and incidentally one of the biggest icons of the late 1920s and the epitome of flapperness.

The Marx Brothers's take on It (from 1931's Monkey Business):

Chico: Hey, you're a nice lookin'a girl, alright. You got 'it'!
Manicurist: Thank you.
Chico: And you can keep 'it'!
IT: a two day festival with Phish August 2 & 3, 2003 at the Loring Commerce Center (formerly Loring Air Force Base) in Limestone, Maine

This is Phish's 6th major festival and it took place in Limestone, Maine the site of the festival Lemonwheel. The festival was attended by an estimated 60,000 people. Tickets cost 137.50$ and included camping.

In addition to featuring 6 sets of Phish, there was also a special midnight set on the first night where the band played a completely improvisational ambient jam from the top of the former Limestone Airfield's Control Tower.

There was a radio station set up for the show broadcasting on 96.1 FM called The Bunny. The station simulcast the show, played tunes before and after and had information pertaining to traffic and other useful topics for people coming to the show. The Bunny aired 24 hours a day from Friday, August 1 at 6 AM through Monday, August 4 at 2 PM.

(from Phish.com)"If you tune in before or after these times and you hear Jewel, don't freak out, you're hearing WQHR, a lovely adult contemporary radio station that we're hijacking for the weekend."

There was also a "THE RUNAWAY JIM MEMORIAL 5K ROAD RACE staged at the festival. The winners were brought up on stage and feted during the show.

The Phish organization also set up a multimedia pop art area known as Sunk City (which reportedly really did sink due to an intense rainstorm that hit the site the day before the festival started) where there were art installations set up. One included a man who handed out roughly 10,000 rolls of masking tape.

Set Lists for the shows:


Set 1: Daniel (Saw the Stone), Saw It Again, Punch You in the Eye, Army of One, Chalkdust Torture, Wilson*, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Set 2: Mellow Mood, Ghost** > Mist, Pebbles and Marbles, You Enjoy Myself > Chariots of Fire^, Loving Cup

Set 3: 46 Days, Julius, Lizards, Secret Smile, Run Like an Antelope^^

Encore: Good Times Bad Times#

* - Trey said something to the effect of: "Hey, Kevin, there's a post-able version of 'Wilson.' Ladies and gentlemen, the Shortest 'Wilson' Ever! I'd like to dedicated that to our archivist, Kevin Shapiro... And now: the longest 'Bittersweet Motel' ever - I'm kidding!" Then the crowd started an enormous chant for 'Fluffhead.' After conferring with the band, Trey said, "Mike says no" - and the band launched into 'Mike's Song'
** - with massive glowstick war
^ - Phish played the song in the background as the winners from the '100th Running of the First Annual Runaway Jim 5K' were brought up on stage and announced by Trey with photos on the video screen (the women's second-place finisher was actually Trey's neighbor "from right down the road" and the men's winner, from nearby Presque Isle, had a time of 15min for the 5k)
^^ - after the "downshift," Trey thanks the crew and the crowd; when the band returns to the song, they skip the "Rye rye rocco/Marco/Spike" lyrics section
# - with fireworks behind the stage during the close of the song


Set 1: AC/DC Bag, Ya Mar > Runaway Jim, Reba*, Birds of a Feather, Meatstick**, Two Versions of Me, Vultures, Limb By Limb, Cavern

Set 2: Down With Disease > NICU -> Brother, Lawn Boy, Discern, Waves^, David Bowie

Set 3: Rock & Roll -> Seven Below -> Scents & Subtle Sounds^^ > Spread It Round, Bug

Encore: Dog Log, The Mango Song

"Set 4": The Tower Jam#

* with whistling
**Trey: "we'd like to honor that request" (referring to loud crowd chant for the song), and sung with Japanese lyrics
^ with ambient jam
^^ with Seven Below teases

#An all-improvised (and unannounced, though heavily rumored) set from the roof of the old air-traffic control tower, taking place about 2-3am, with special lighting by Chris Kuroda. Featured many teases, accompanied by dancers on rappel lines down the tower's sides.

It (?), pron. [OE. it, hit, AS. hit; cf. D. het. &root;181. See He.]

The neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the same plural (they, their of theirs, them).

⇒ The possessive form its is modern, being rarely found in the writings of Shakespeare and Milton, and not at all in the original King James's version of the Bible. During the transition from the regular his to the anomalous its, it was to some extent employed in the possessive without the case ending. See His, and He. In Dryden's time its had become quite established as the regular form.

The day present hath ever inough to do with it owne grief. Genevan Test.

Do, child, go to it grandam, child. Shak.

It knighthood shall do worse. It shall fright all it friends with borrowing letters. B. Jonson.

⇒ In the course of time, the nature of the neuter sign i in it, the form being found in but a few words, became misunderstood. Instead of being looked upon as an affix, it passed for part of the original word. Hence was formed from it the anomalous genitive it, superseding the Saxon his.


The fruit tree yielding fruit after his (its) kind. Gen. i. 11.

It is used, --


As a substance for any noun of the neuter gender; as, here is the book, take it home.


As a demonstrative, especially at the beginning of a sentence, pointing to that which is about to be stated, named, or mentioned, or referring to that which apparent or well known; as, I saw it was John.

It is I; be not afraid. Matt. xiv. 27.

Peter heard that it was the Lord. John xxi. 7.

Often, in such cases, as a substitute for a sentence or clause; as, it is thought he will come; it is wrong to do this.


As an indefinite nominative for a impersonal verb; as, it snows; it rains.


As a substitute for such general terms as, the state of affairs, the condition of things, and the like; as, how is it with the sick man?

Think on me when it shall be well with thee. Gen. xl. 14.


As an indefinite object after some intransitive verbs, or after a substantive used humorously as a verb; as, to foot it (i. e., to walk).

The Lacedemonians, at the Straits of Thermopylae, when their arms failed them, fought it out with nails and teeth. Dryden.

Whether the charmer sinner it, or saint it, If folly grows romantic, I must paint it. Pope.

Its self. See Itself.


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